“Well? What did you expect would happen?”
That’s my mom’s voice. I cannot believe you can’t actually HEAR her because I can, like nails on a blackboard. I grew up thinking this woman KNEW everything that was going to happen ALL the time. I’d make a series of choices (as we all do) and it wouldn’t turn out well. I’d be hit with, “Well? What did you expect would happen?”
I didn’t expect THAT would happen. I can say that was true 100% of the time.
Why didn’t she tell me, “If you do that, THIS will happen”? But she didn’t. Maybe she knew, maybe she didn’t, maybe it was her way of teaching me to look ahead to the consequences, maybe it was her way of making me feel fearful and stupid. I have no idea.
But just that word, “expect,” is enough to trigger that voice inside my head. Shudder.
*Eminem “My Mom”