I shoulda / Yo debería

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

My father called my mother the queen of the “I Shoulda” club. If there was a regret to be had, she had it. She “shoulda” bought a different dining room set in 1964. She never liked the one she bought. She replaced it some time after we moved to Spain in 2011. She regretted that one, too. She shoulda bought different bedroom furniture for my bedroom in 1965. San Geraldo and I got rid of it after she died in 2016.

So, I try my best to not regret anything. As Steven Sondheim wrote:

“I chose and my world was shaken. So what. The choice my have been mistaken, the choosing was not. You have to move on.” 

Here are some of the clothes I coulda bought in Bergen. No regrets though. I offered to buy the Calvin Klein thongs pictured above for San Geraldo. They had his size. But, he had no interest. (And I’m so glad.) I myself owned a thong a very long time ago. I wore it. Once. Speaking of which, I’m still dragging my ass, but I continue on the upswing.

And, finally, have you ever heard of Moomins? Moomins are characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Tove Jansson, a Finnish artist. Moomins are huge in the shops in Bergen. Dolls, toys, lamps, books. But, please, someone explain to me the characters on the coffee mug near the bottom of this post. They’re apparently called Hattifatteners and they become charged up with electricity and start glowing and rocking back and forth. I “shoulda” bought a lamp.


Mi padre llamó a mi madre la reina del club “I Shoulda”. Si había algo que lamentar, lo tenía. Ella “debería” comprar un juego de comedor diferente en 1964. Nunca le gustó el que compró. Lo reemplazó en algún momento después de que nos mudamos a España en 2011. También se arrepintió de eso. Debería haber comprado otros muebles para mi dormitorio en 1965. San Geraldo y yo nos deshicimos de ellos después de que ella muriera en 2016.

Entonces, hago todo lo posible para no arrepentirme de nada. Como escribió Steven Sondheim:

“Elegí y mi mundo se estremeció. Y qué. La elección puede haber sido un error, la elección no lo fue. Tienes que seguir adelante." 

Estas son algunas de las prendas que podría haber comprado en Bergen. Sin embargo, no me arrepiento. Ofrecí comprar las tangas de Calvin Klein que se muestran arriba para San Geraldo. Tenían su tamaño. Pero, él no tenía ningún interés. (Y estoy tan contenta.) Yo mismo tuve una tanga hace mucho tiempo. lo usé Una vez. Hablando de eso, todavía estoy arrastrando mi trasero, pero sigo en alza.

Y, por último, ¿has oído hablar alguna vez de los Moomin? Los Moomin son personajes de una serie de libros y una tira cómica de Tove Jansson, una artista finlandesa. Los Moomin son enormes en las tiendas de Bergen. Muñecas, juguetes, lámparas, libros. Pero, por favor, que alguien me explique los caracteres de la taza de café al final de esta publicación. Aparentemente se llaman Hattifatteners y se cargan de electricidad y comienzan a brillar y mecerse de un lado a otro. Yo “debería” comprar una lámpara.

• Maybe gray sheep?
• ¿Tal vez ovejas grises?
• I have so many thoughts.
• Tengo tantos pensamientos.
• They remind me of San Geraldo’s phallic cactus drawings (click here).
• Me recuerdan a los dibujos de cactus fálicos de San Geraldo (haz clic aquí).

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

36 thoughts on “I shoulda / Yo debería”

  1. Those mugs! Ghosts on Weight Watchers? Creepy. That last picture looks like an orgy for phallic amoebas. EWWWW!
    I’m appalled that you can find thongs in SG’s size easily, but not shoes. Aren’t those sizes related somehow? At least that’s the rumor.

    1. Deedles:
      Apparently, it’s just a rumor. HOWEVER, it’s easier to find big underwear than it is to find big shoes.

  2. If there is one thing I will never regret, it would be the fact that I’ve never bought a pair of under-floss (aka a thong…those things pretending to be underwear). The idea of walking around with a perpetual wedgie is a bit horrifying. Also, waaay back when (50s/60s), the word thong(s) represented what are now called rubber flip-flops. I wore those kind on my feet when I went the pool and no one had to gasp (or cringe) at the sight of them.

    Glad you are improving.

    1. Mary:
      Even in the ´70s, we called “flip flops” “thongs.” I hate the term flip flops. Right up there with “hoodies.” What’s even more horrifying is that the ass floss is now a popular and common bathing suit style.

    1. David:
      I was tempted. I used to have T-shirts like that and wore them proudly. (Maybe not as classy though.)

  3. I don’t think I ever heard of Moomins until I moved to the UK. Are they just not a thing in the states, maybe? The Hattifingers are mystifying. Tove Jansson was a lesbian so phallic creatures seem like an interesting departure for her — but apparently she had male lovers in early adulthood, so who knows.

    I have never, ever worn a thong, and I do not regret that, though there was a time in my life when I might have been able to make one work.

  4. “Just keep moving on
    Anything you do
    Let it come from you
    Then it will be new
    Give us more to see!”

    Guilty secret: Despite being an arch-Sondheimite [see my week-long tribute to the man when he died] but I have never seen Sunday in the Park with George. The famous version produced by London’s Menier Chocolate Factory only actually lasted just over a year (2005-6) here before it transferred to Broadway, where it was a smash. The transfer to the West End of the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring version, which we were geared up for in 2022-21, was postponed indefinitely thanks to COVID. If it makes a return we will definitely try for tickets, but it’s likely to sell-out if the gorgeous Jake’s still in it, so I’m not optimistic we’ll get a ticket…

    Anyway – love the slogan hats and t-shirts. And yes, I am equally confused as everyone by those sperm-ghost-sausage creatures as, although I read loads of Moomins books when I was teeny-tiny, I don’t remember them at at all! Jx

    1. Jon:
      We had tickets for the Sunday in the Park production in London with Jake Gyllenhaal. We splurged and got the best seats in the house. We were so disappointed. Instead of asking for a refund, we donated the money to the actors guild to help through the pandemic. So, we were stunned to get email just yesterday telling us we have a credit for an upcoming production of the Ambassador Theatre Group. No mention of a rescheduling of Jake, but we’ll be back to London!

      1. Yay! The glittering lights of the West End beckon!

        With that ATG voucher, you currently have a choice of The Lion King, Wicked, Pretty Woman, Moulin Rouge, Come From Away, Cabaret, and some plays as well…

        Choices, choices. Jx

      2. Jon:
        Ooh, we hadn’t checked yet. None of that really excites me. I saw Lion King when it opened on Broadway. A friend bought tickets for all of us. We had no interest but, oh well. SG then couldn’t go. So I went (flew from San Francisco) and was blown away. We’ve seen Cabaret a number of times … and in a number of styles. And the others so far don’t float my boat. Maybe I’ll feel differently tomorrow! Thanks for the research.

      3. That’s just what’s on today – loads of shows are on notice already, including Come From Away which closes early next year, so tbh you never know what’ll be around when you do decide to book… Jx

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      When I was about 10, I read “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs. A story of wishing things had turned out differently, getting your wish, but not being prepared for a possibly horrible outcome. It made a powerful and lasting impression.

  5. I’m glad your ass is on the upswing, Mitchell! Surely I can’t be the only one who thinks those Hattifatteners look like rechargeable vibrators? Miss Deedles? Maddie?

    1. No I thought the same thing Tundra!!!!!!!!!!! Now I’ll have nightmares of them chasing me around when I sleep tonight!!!!!!!

      1. Deedles:
        Your innocence is always adorable. If you need an explanation of Tundra Bunny’s comment, I’m sure she or Maddie would be happy to give you the details. Tundra Bunny, I think, could be especially helpful. I understand there are vibrators named after her. (Come to think of it, Maddie shared some pictures yesterday or today).

    2. Tundra Bunny:
      You are definitely not the only one, although Deedles is pretending to have no clue what you’re talking about.

  6. I’d buy the shirts and hats, but the mere thought of a thong makes my butt cheeks clench.

    And the Moomins? How do they reach tier tea cups with such tiny arms?

    1. Bob:
      The Moomins apparently look like hippos. I have no idea if they drink tea. But Hattifatteners are the ones with the little arms. I like how the hands rub the other hattifatteners in the GIF. I don’t get thongs. Cock socks, on the other hand (ahem), are less uncomfortable.

  7. I’m with you. I love underwear but cannot stand thongs. Never owned a pair. Or as Anne Marie called them butt floss!!!!! I do however have a tee shirt with a rooster on it. Under it, it says I Love Cock.

    It’s a head turner.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      When I was in my early 30s, friends bought me a T-shirt from the designer Le Coc Sportif. I proudly wore that proud cock.

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