My middle child has a project due next week. It's actually a family project. Which means the parents do all the work, and then the child writes something ineligibly on the poster board and gets an "A".
We are supposed to make a family tree. And we are supposed to "Be Creative". Do we really need to be creative?
I mean, I firmly believe my family is insane. The whole fantabulous family - parents, grandparents, in-laws, out-laws.
I know that I am not the only one. Well, I hope I am not the only one. I don't think I am. It's like Julia Sugarbaker said "We don't hide our crazy people in the attic...it's the South, we sit 'em out on the front porch for everyone to see."
I have learned to embraced it. I think it's best that way. Just to join in the chaotic hilarity that will inevitably ensue.
So what information do we need to add to this family tree?
That one of the grandparents is a conspiracy theorist? That one of the grandparents makes up new names for the grandchildren?
Perhaps we could add the little factoid that one uncle is obsessed with Star Wars...and Scotland? Or maybe mention an aunt's addiction to any store with the word "Dollar" in the name?
How about a little blurb about one of the parent's habits of pouring a half a cup of tea leaves in the horn of a bull and making a very strong tea with it?
Hmmm? What's that? Ohhhh! You just wanted the names....no family info. Ah, I see. Nothing that might get any of us committed. Right. Right. I see what you mean. You want the child to feel special and unique but not, um, weird.
Alrighty. Let's just start over.