Me, my Dad and My Sibs

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Since it’s Thanksgiving, I’m thinking a lot about my family and how lucky I am that I grew up in a happy household. I really love being with my family–but we are really competitive. I’m not quite sure how it got started, but no matter what the game is, we all really want to win. I mean we REALLY want to win. some prime examples from childhood include (but are not limited to:

Monopoly
No Bears are Out Tonight
Scrabble
Labyrinth
Risk
Uncle Wigglyl
Chutes and Ladders

When we get together now, it only takes about five minutes for a dictionary or encyclopedia to come out, because we’re always talking about etymologies of words, how to pronounce things, what book something was isn, or who said what when. (Last night coming home from the airport we had to call someone to google a quotation. Since I’m a competitive person, I’ll tell you right now that I was right–George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”) Last summer on the way to my nephew’s wedding I told my brother Paul that I take one enteric aspirin per day. I pronounced it en-TER-ic. He insisted it was EN-ter-ic. When the dictionary indicated I was right, we had to do a test where we asked three pharmacists to say it–he was convinced that health professionals said it his way (wrong!) But I think our competitiveness is usually in good fun. Often there is a bet involved. When I claimed a few weeks ago that our family used to own a Rambler and Paul H. said no, he bet a million billion dollars that he was right.

Guess who owes me a million billion dollars?

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3 responses to “Me, my Dad and My Sibs

  1. Hi Mom! Wish we were there to join in the celebratory competitiveness this Thanksgiving! I’m going to miss the cranberry salad that Aunt Patty makes and all the wonderful food that you make! We are going to have friends over for a Thanksgiving at our place, but it’s just won’t be the same. Although, we will see you soon!!!

  2. And did you notice how you all passed it on to the offspring? Family gatherings are always so much fun for me because of the games and word “discussions.” I love it. I’ve converted Derek to the dark side, too. We keep the dictionary handy and google stuff all the time.

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