Let's face it, this family is overwhelming to a lot of people in so many ways! Over the years we have gotten used to the odd looks we get when we are out as a group. We are also very aware of how overwhelming we are to outsiders and try very hard not to be obnoxious. But let's face it, that does not always happen.
So, when you become an insider to this mob you would think that there is less confusion, right? Wrong! Just ask the "Ninja". She is my best friend and has been hanging around us for over twenty years. She still has trouble keeping up. We were discussing at dinner, the fact that "The Stylist" (fiancée and future wife of Super Son and my beautiful soon-to-be daughter in law) is often clueless about invitations and activities around here due to the fact that Super Son never manages to get her the messages. You knew he had to have some flaw, no one can be that perfect! We had decided that Super Son was going to be eliminated from the communication triangle due to his complacency!
"The Ninja" immediately reminded us of how many times she has inserted her foot into her mouth. She is generally the one who asks the question about what is going on and that question brings a gasp or nervous look from the crowd. Take for instance two years ago, when we were all at a high school football game. Most of the gang was there and we generally take up an entire section. "Calvin" arrived and "The Ninja" asked him where his girlfriend was. GASP! "um, we broke up." I was immediately hit and got, "you couldn't tell me?". Oops, I forgot.
The following week, we are at another high school football game and "Calvin" shows up with the girlfriend who was not the girlfriend one week ago. Looks of confusion are shared by about half the group. Again, I got hit! "Why didn't you tell me?" (I seem to be the hub of information.) Oops, I forgot.
Week three, and the gang has gathered again in support of "The Surprise" and his football endeavors. "Calvin" arrives solo. It took a few weeks, but this time "The Ninja" is on to us. She pulls me off to the side and asks me in advance where the girlfriend is. "Oh yea, they broke up again. I think this time it is for good."
Things change around here sometimes on an hourly basis. Makes me think of the fairly tale I just told my granddaughter, Max. "Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man." It is an accurate description of anyone trying to keep up with our stories and events!
Wife, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Nurse, Grandmother, Friend...that's me in a nutshell!