someday I’m gonna chill out and not share every dumb family thing that happens to me, but until then:
I’ve always known my maternal grandpa was sexist but, for one thing, he wasn’t as sexist as my paternal grandparents, and for another, of the cluster of grandkids born 1989-1995, there was only one boy and he was way meaner and “worse” at life than I was, so I never had to deal with this - I mean I have plenty of inferiority issues with my cousins but it was never about sexism, it was that they’re all more attractive than I am and their parents brag about them in a way that made (makes) me feel shitty - BUT NOW the last grandkid, a boy born in 2001, is a senior in high school and all of a sudden I have to DEAL WITH COMPARISONS, which is ridiculous because I’m AN ADULT OF SOME PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS but I’m “wasting [my] time” compared to a TEENAGE BOY WHO IS APPLYING TO COLLEGES
I LITERALLY AM PAID TO HELP CHILDREN GET INTO COLLEGE, oh my god
also hilarious: apparently the thing impressing my grandpa is that my kid cousin is interested in robotics and is being “recruited by colleges,” which based on context and knowing my cousin is smart but not a crazy genius (none of us are), I imagine means he’s getting invited to apply to colleges; the same thing happened to me in high school and is happening to me right now with grad schools. it’s cool but it, like, doesn’t actually mean anything? why did my grandpa say I was wasting my time? UGH!!! RUDE!!!!!