My family is funny, even though they don’t always realize that they are amusing. There have been times that I have been told not to write about some of the things that they do. The really good stuff remains unknown to the readers of these musings. These things will remain unwritten until I am an old lady, unless of course my sweet Honey Girl wants to write about them. Mama did not tell her that she couldn’t write about these things.
A friend from my childhood recently contacted me on Facebook, and sent a message that was complimentary and uplifting. My friend commented that he can relate to the things that are written here. That comment made me wonder, are there other families like mine?
Are these families breathing a sigh of relief that there is not a writer in the family? Do other families have a female that shocked and amazed gas station attendants with her strength, over 30 years ago in another town? Guessing that particular honor belongs to my family alone, and we are proud of it! That is one of those stories that I can’t write about.
What are other families doing that is funny? Do you have a possum hunter in your family? Is there a woman that points at her offspring and shouts “that is my baby” when she sees her child at busy intersections? Anyone with the guts to sing a bad country song while chasing their child through the store? What does your family wear when they chase an escaped goat?
We can’t be alone, there are others out there and we know it now. We are not by ourselves in this cruel and humorless world. Then the thought occurred to me, maybe that was not what my friend meant. Maybe they are normal. Maybe my friend was trying to tell me that the reason that he can relate to my stories is because we grew up together. Maybe he was just being nice. Maybe we are alone.
Whatever the reason, history repeats itself, so my family will continue to provide laughter for those around us in the stories that can be told and private laughter in the stories that are not supposed to be told. We choose not to believe that you are different from us, you just don’t have me in your family to see the humor in your actions.