A few years ago my brothers and sister were all in Cleveland together for a few days before I arrived. David had recently taken an aversion to anyone using the word ‘should.’ Everyone else had gotten quickly on board, and by the time I got into town, every ‘should’ utterance was immediately echoed by someone else.
“…maybe before you pick that up you should–”
“Next time you guys should–“
“Mom should really–”
“Lauren, stop should-ing all over the place!”
They all thought this was hilarious. I was not as amused, but that’s neither here nor there; the should-y shaming continued our entire time together. It’s an interesting thing to hone in on and one that persists in my life. Let’s be honest, no one likes a should-y situation.