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The Family Meme

When Bev did this one a few days ago, I thought "Remember this one!"

And tonight, when I was idly rummaging around in my brain for something to write about, my brain replied, "Hey, remember that family meme that Bev did a few days ago? Do that."

So I am.

1. Who's the oldest living member of your family?

My mother.  If you've been reading this, you already know that she turned 96 earlier this month. I called her this morning to see how she was feeling (she's in a nursing home for some pulmonary rehab and physical therapy) and she sounded better than she has in days.

2. Who's the newest?


Meet Jane, my nephew's daughter. Those of you who read me back in my Diary-X days may remember the post I wrote about how she was diagnosed with SCIDS, the bubble boy disease. That was two years ago -- and here she is, thanks to a bone marrow transplant from her older brother, who was a 100% match. So far, so good.

Oh wait! Damn! Jane's not the youngest, after all. Now that I do the math, the youngest is Cayden, my niece's son. He's just turned two; Janie's closer to three. Geez. My sister's kids sure are prolific!

3. If you could spend a two-week vacation with one family member, who would it be?

Joe. Duh!
4. The old saying goes, "you can pick your friends, but you cannot pick your family." if you could choose one of your friends, who would you 'elect' to become a member of your family?

Linda, (Hi!) because I've known her for over 30 years, and she knows my nutty family, so there wouldn't be any learning curve.

5. Who in your family can you just NOT stand?

I really can't think of anyone in my immediate family that I cannot stand -- especially given the fact that most of them read this blog. I may be dumb, but I ain't stupid.

6. Do you have a member of the family who is currently suffering an illness?

Mom's recovering from pneumonia, and she also suffers from chronic congestive heart failure, arthritis, and high blood pressure.
7. Do you have a family member that you've lost contact with? Who are they, and why do you not currently have contact?

I have cousins on both sides that I haven't seen since I was a kid, simply because they don't live close by. It's not so much that I lost contact with them; I never had it in the first place. In my immediate family, though, I'm in contact with everyone.

8. Do you have any famous family members?

No famous family members, at least in the traditional sense of the word. My Uncle Jim, though, was Assistant Secretary of the Navy under Lyndon Johnson. When I was 12 or 13, we went downtown to watch the Fourth of July fireworks. Afterward, Uncle Jim took us to the Executive Office Building to give us a tour of his office. The guard stopped us because it was after hours; Uncle Jim explained that he worked there and wanted to show the kids his office. The guard made us all fill out visitor cards. As we diligently filled in the information, he casually asked Uncle Jim what he did there.

"Well, I'm the Assistant Secretary..." he said.

The guard freaked, grabbed all the cards and ripped them up, and began apologizing profusely. Uncle Jim was very gracious and told the guard that it was fine; it was his job, after all, to make sure the building was secure.

"Secure" had a very different meaning in 1965!