**I don’t mean an actual bag full of cats…it’s just that weird phrase to say “a sandwich short of a picnic” or a little bit mad**
Last night my aunt and uncle came to visit, they live near Birmingham so we don’t see them very often…which is quite sad, I love spending time with them. This is my dad’s side of the family, they’re academic, they’re witty and they’re just generally lovely people!
I think my dad’s side of the family is the reason I’m academic too….
…But my mum’s side disagrees, despite the fact I’m pretty sure none of them made it past high school and you can see their eyes glaze over when you mention anything remotely “brain-like” (I mean smart here not the neuroscience thing).
My dad’s side is great for intellectual debates, nice meals out and quiz situations…
…My mum’s side puts the Dingles from Emmerdale to shame…without the incest (I need to point this out for the Blackburn readers!) – they drink (they would drink the whole of Ibiza dry within hours!), they fight (usually amongst themselves with fists), they swear (every second or third word)! They are as mad as “a bag full of cats” (as Banner put it so eloquently when describing Loki’s magnificient noggin) you can smell crazy on them.
My dad’s side believes that everyone should have a right to an education and a career in a field of that person’s choosing…
…Part of my mum’s side still believes that a woman’s place is raising children and living in the kitchen chained to the cooker. They resent that I went to University (twice) rather than provide my parents with a grandchild…actually, they resented that I went to college right out of school rather than provide my parents with a grandchild. I’ve always maintained that once I’m able to provide for any offspring I have then I’ll consider motherhood (right now I’m glad I hadn’t had a child with my ex!).
My dad’s side taught me to use words to calm situations…
…my mum’s side taught me that you can’t reason with stupid or ignorance and if you need to fight, then do so with everything you have.
My dad’s side taught me to never judge a book by it’s cover…
…my mum’s side taught me to trust my instinct.
Both sides have taught me that family is the most important thing in the world, above everything else. Even though I may act (and definitely feel) like an outsider sometimes, it’s because I have traits from both sides, traits that are alien to the other. I’ve had family on my mum’s side tell me that “I don’t fit in” with them for the silliest of reasons….and I’m ok with that.
Hell, every family has someone that doesn’t fit the description of the rest right? ….
PS – Today as part of the “Wonderful Team Member Readership Award” I would like to introduce Kathy over at Giggling Truckers Wife, she gives us tidbits of her life through (often funny and heartwarming) tales but also shows her talent as a writer by sharing some amazingly written short stories! Go have a nosy, you won’t regret it!
Today’s song of the day is: