How's Aunt Martha?
By Morley Hunt
December 17, 2017 6:33am CST
In our house you will hear that comment made on a regular basis. Usually it involves pain of one kind or another. Aunt Martha? You ask? Who is Aunt Martha? I don't have an Aunt Martha. Not one of my children or my children's spouses can claim an Aunt Martha. In fact over the years I can only recall two people who had the name Martha...one my grade 9 physical education teacher and a girl at church who was a bit of a dipstick. So why Aunt Martha? Why is she so special. This goes back to a church service when my children were young. The subject of the sermon has been long forgotten, but the analogy drawn has been internalized by our family. The context was...if we are in pain...we aren't asking how Aunt Martha is...we are to focused on our own problems....her problems might be much worse...but ours are immediate. When we stub a toe...we don't say ouch...we ask....How's Aunt Martha? So now @sallypup you know who Aunt Martha really is (or isn't).
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• United States
Okay, your last line...about stubbing a toe...have you ever stubbed your toe, but it didn't hurt as much as you thought it should have, so you just go 'Ouch?' like you are questioning whether it hurt or not? Or am I just weird?
• Moses Lake, Washington
So no one in your house can own their pain? They can't give in to the moment but must instead let a fictional character have it? I'm not too sold on this. I'm not sure that Uncle Martha is, either. I think she'd rather go smoke her corn cob pipe without pain.