Some women choose other women for support, but many of our mother’s generation behaved like perpetual damsels in distress needing a man around to help them with the simplest things, catering to every male entering a room, putting their needs first and foremost, soliciting their opinions before making a decision, giving them the larger portions, the better chairs, the greater control, and endlessly feeding their egos.
Above all, they needed to be married to a man while encouraging every female within their inner circle to adopt their medieval mindset.
Elizabeth’s mom was like that, marrying three times after Liz’s dad suddenly died (although Liz ignores the nuptial that was annulled).
My mom was just as assiduous in promoting second-class citizenry, except for getting hitched again. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop her from relentlessly urging her daughters to marry, and dragging men into every conversation and situation.
Once, while leaving a Broadway show at the Palace theater in Manhattan, she grabbed the elbow of a man trying to maneuver the crowd outside the entrance and asked him what bus we should take to get uptown.
“How the hell would I know?” he steamed at her. “Do I look like a bus driver for God’s sake?”
“Well!” she huffed.
“That was Don Knotts, Mom.”
“The man you just asked for directions.”
“Andy Griffith’s Don Knotts?”
“He certainly wasn’t very polite.”
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