18 Sep Couples Therapy
Reddit’s r/relationships forum is one of the internet’s favorite soap operas. Posters sum up their angst in a snappy shorthand: “I (22M) have fallen in love with the woman I serve (21F). I left to seek my fortune. But now she thinks I’m dead so she agreed to marry a pompous jerk (30sM). How do I make her love me?” They add a few paragraphs to fill in the gory details, then wait for responses. Clearly none of the readers weighing in are trained therapists, which leads to much hilarity and maybe explains why so much of their advice involves lawyers, guns, and money.
If that sounds like the plot of The Princess Bride, well, that’s because it is. Last month, a particularly clever Twitter user asked her followers to describe their favorite movie written as an r/relationships post. Like, for example: “I (17M) am trying to get my parents (17M, 17F) back together but my mom has the hots for me. TIME SENSITIVE!” The thread went viral, as the cool kids say, and millions enjoyed the joke. “I (42M) am in love with my boss (34F), trapped in a small town reliving the same day over and over. It’s been 10,000 years — how do I make her love me?”
Naturally, this got us wondering, what if we reimagined some of our favorite tax planning challenges as r/relationships threads? Have we discovered comic gold here? Or should we stick with our day jobs? You be the judge!
What sort of relationship do you have with the IRS? Is it like the boring guy your mother likes (but you don’t, not really)? Or more like the crazy clingy girl who rocks your world, then keys your car when you break up with her? The planning you do now is the key to that relationship. So call us now before you and your taxes wind up in therapy!