T.Z.

This is but one of many encounters I’ve had like this but this was the most recent and sums up a lot of the behavior I’ve dealt with.
I am a single woman in my early twenties. My father passed away very recently, so I’m in mourning at my home. People are in and out, and during one visit, I mentioned that I wish I could change my shirt since it was ratty, but couldn’t do so at the time. Presumably joking, a female friend said that I should worry about that because people here are looking me over to see if I’m marriage material.
This may have been said in jest, but there’s a definite, unfortunate truth to it. I had to field a fun comment from a relative, “You’re going to get married and have a man take care of you, but your mother is all alone now so you need to take care of her.”
I’m so glad that I apparently am going to get married asap and a man will make all my problems go away.