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Wish you had a snappy come back whenever you are chatting about being a caregiver with someone who never was in that position? It is amazing the things some people will say. I know they mean well.

Example, I am the "driver" for my parents, have been for a number of years. I still am employed, so I need to take time off from work or reschedule my work day, which at times can become difficult and tiresome for me, plus I am no spring chicken, I am a senior citizen, too.

When I vent to someone outside the family about this, the usually remark said back to me will be "well, your parents drove you around when you were a child". That remark use to irritate me to no end....

I finally found a good reply back for that, "yes, but my mother and dad weren't in senior citizens when I was a child". That becomes an ah ha moment.

I was wondering if anyone here has some really good snappy remarks for things that are said. Let's share them.

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That wouldn't work with her. She thinks working on the computer isn't a real job. (The way that business has been this year I am starting to think the same.)
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Um, JessieBelle, at your age you are walking and working, aren't you? I'm impressed that you can keep it together in the face of your mother's total illogic.
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Used a new one today. My mother is always competing with me. She has something she says all the time. She said it again today. "At your age I was walking and still working."

"At my age, you weren't taking care of your mother and father." Bingo. It registered.
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My best comeback moment was when my mother was complaining about how we kids are not close. She said that she and her siblings had always been close. I said, "Yeah, but you had different parents." ...Went right past her.
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pstigman, I've run into that on a regular newspaper forum when debating issues. I found by using a smiley face at the end of my posting, the readers are more apt to realize it was humor or sarcasm :)
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The problem is I post something intended as humor, but the reader self-imposes the inflection as an insult. Sarcasm definitely needs a font.
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