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Admit it. You wanted to act just like her. Wait till you see her all grown up.

The Addams Family taught generations how to laugh in the face of monsters and goblins. Now, Wednesday Addams is all grown up. And she's taking on the scary stuff in real life. With style.

The idea of revisiting Wednesday Addams as a grown-up person is genius, right? RIGHT?

Wednesday had that perfect deadpan stare. She did whatever she wanted to 100% of the time, whether it was strapping her brother in an electric chair or completely destroying a summer camp play. She was exactly herself, immune to social pressure. She had a fashion uniform before having a fashion uniform was a thing.

For a certain kind of girl, she was a hero.

But you have to wonder if outside the cocoon of her weird, accepting family, in the face of the cold, cruel world, does her lack of giving a shit last?


Definitely. Yes.

Exhibit A: Douchewanker thinks you care what he thinks about your smile.


How the hell are you supposed to respond to that? A drive-by attack — no warning, no opportunity for repartee.

Most of us would spend the rest of the day creating futile, angry fantasies of what we would've done if we'd had a second to think.

Here's how to handle it "Addams Family" style.

1. A polite knock on a door. (How does she know what door? Doesn't matter.)
2. Ask a simple question.


3. Introduce some friends. Be sure to mention their particular talents.

4. And leave with some parting words of advice.

Photo by CDC on Unsplash

When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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