With no real improvement on the horizon, it was decided that Middle could go home to recuperate.
Of course it was far more complicated than just that, but I'm sparing you.
So many professionals asked him so many questions (have you been out of the country? is anyone around you sick? did you fall? did you eat anything strange? where does it hurt? did it always hurt there? what do you do for a living?) that we started to invent answers designed to stupify...

Why, yes, I was out of the country. I was tasting the vast and varied tap water available in Mexico.

It's difficult to say whether I travel...I am dating a flight attendant.

I do love a day-old all-you-can-eat buffet.

Binge drinking? Define "binge." Like, a quart? A gallon? What are we talking here?

Well, yes, there were a lot of drugs in the house - I was staying with two neurologists. (true)

What do I do for a living? I work with animals. Elderly animals. 

Most of the staff seemed to think that a 22 year-old who had been away for the weekend must have been involved in some heavy duty partying. Middle and his friends had a couple of beers
(Mom, have you ever heard the Schaffer beer jingle? The one beer to have if you're having more than one?! Who are they marketing this stuff to??!) and were busy playing a new video game.
He's home, I'm off...TO GERMANY.

I've read the recent bits on the popularity of the dirndl.

What do you think?

There are many variations.

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Some are so free-spirited!

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There are even some in black.

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Or with fur.

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Some even seem entirely appropriate for the office.

I'm just not sure.


Paola said…
Yeah, those are the perfect answers, IMO.
The Dirndl? But of course you should wear one!
Anonymous said…
Me oh my but Middle's medical mystery is making me melancholy. Be on the mend pronto, kiddo....so that I can enjoy your mother's business trip. : ) And of course, so that you can get back to being amazing.

Germany! Wow. Send pics.

L.P. said…
Oh, you must be worried not to know. Hopefully it's something he will get over quickly. I'm sorry to hear you are all going through this.

And you are off to Germany in the midst of all this! I was there a few years ago, and thankfully, not a dirndl in sight. I still haven't made it to Berlin, which is where I really want to go.
Anonymous said…
safe travels.
The dirndl. Shall I admit that in the late 80's I owned a olive green corduroy suit that consisted of a bolero jacket and a dirndl skirt?

No, I shall not.
Stomper Girl said…
I have a cousin living in Germany who spends every Oktoberfest wearing a dirndl. It looks very.. Well... Wench-y is the best term I can think of.

Hope Middle feels better now he's home again.
Hilary said…
I am very glad middle is home, although i can't imagine how hard it will be for you to leave the country...
Anonymous said…
I like your answers to those questions...how frustrating to be laid out with a mystery disease. Still praying for him.
Drindls, eh? I'm voting no.
kmkat said…
No on the dirndl. I grew up in the 50s when they were de rigeur. You might look fine in one. Most of us look extensively hip-py.

I love your answers, may link to them next Saturday.
Duyvken said…
Oh the red one! So sorry to read that they haven't sorted things out for Middle. I hope he is at least feeling a little better? Have fun in Germany.