Most of us like to consider ourselves "laid-back."
I'm a go-with-the-flow type myself.
Do you like to walk around in a kimono and a spare rabbit in your purse?
Are you training to be a professional hand-stander and want to practice in my front yard?
Have at it.
You want us to stay in a dirty hotel and go without bathing for 3 days in order to travel cheaper?
I can deal.
But the one thing
that has always pushed me into a bizarre rage
is hearing people eat.
... chomping, chewing, slurping, crunching ...
It makes me want to loose my mind.
My sister and I have been in countless squabbles (as adults)
that typically transpire similarly to this:
Lauren & Meredith are driving along in car
Lauren sits quietly.
Lauren covers ears and yells: STOP CHOMPING YOUR ICE!
Meredith: Get over it!
Lauren: I CAN'T HANDLE IT. I'M GOING CRAZY!
from the New York Times,
I felt some relief.
It describes a newly named condition,
Misophonia, that covers this reaction.
Now, I'm not as severe as some of the cases-
but man, I get what they are saying
Maybe when Tyler eats peanut M&M's ,
I'll still accuse him of having a secretly implanted amp
in his jaw for the sole purpose of annoying me...
Maybe I'll still dodge the kitchen
when my dad eats a bowl of Grape Nuts...
And maybe raising children who don't smack
won't move down on my list of life goals...
but at least I know I'm not completely crazy.
What do you think?
Crazy or Completely Right?