The two big trouble makers ranked in no particular order:
While in the midst of my separation from Husband #1, his step-brother and the step-brother’s girlfriend stopped in for a weekend visit. We ate, we drank, we played with the dog, and we laughed. It was a bit surreal since this was one of Husband #1’s family members, but this guy and I had always gotten along.
You know, like the two sane people at a family reunion of crazies.
My two visitors presented me with a little “survival” gift bag: a bottle of wine, a plaque with the Tires and Testicles quote, and a funny card that had a shrieking cartoon woman on the front holding a card with the caption, “What Fresh Hell Is This?!?” Upon seeing this card, I laughed so hard that I peed a little.
The step-brother and I knew that this was probably one of the last times that we would hang out together (it was) and upon departure, both he and the girlfriend hugged me for a long time. They looked me in the eye and said, “You’re not Satan. He’s crazy for leaving.”
My self-esteem was in the tank during this time period. That weekend meant so much to me. It was a way to say goodbye to someone who’s company and conversation I really enjoyed. I still have the card and the plaque. I kept them all these years as a reminder of how tires and testicles may give you trouble but support and love come from the most unexpected places.