What I wanted to say: How can your parents, as committed socialists who are old and in poor health, justify using scarce medical resources? Is health care rationing just for other people?
What I said: Well that would be good. They wouldn't need that much help post surgery.
Primo: I keep asking my mom to stop drinking but she won't.
What I wanted to say: If you lived with your dad, wouldn't you drink, too?
What I said: I'm sorry. That has to be really hard for you.
Primo: They are actually considering getting someone to live in.
What I wanted to say: Yeah. I've only been suggesting that for five years now.
What I said: That would be a great solution to their problem. I hope they find someone.
Primo: Stephanie called. My mom and dad have nothing nice to say about her. They say she is not helpful at all.
What I wanted to say and what I did say: What reason did they ever give her when they still had a legal family relationship with her for her to be loving, loyal, and nice to them? They have been nothing but mean about her and to her.