Family Hour

February 21, 2009 at 1:59 am 4 comments

As most of you are aware, I’m currently on the opposite side of the continent visiting my ancestral homeland in the east. Full details of my trip will emerge shortly (or longly. Most likely it will take awhile). In the meantime, I will talk about my family.

My family is pretty big. On my mom’s side I have eight cousins, all of whom are at least eight years younger than me. Whenever we manage to get that side of the family together, the result is chaos; you have a tonne of little kids running around, jumping, shouting and demanding attention.

Today the family decided to throw me a birthday party. Today, there was chaos.

No less than three people under the age of eight jumped on my back. I was blindfolded and led on a circuitous route through the house, forced to bump into furniture again and again. I was made to spin in circles for three solid minutes. I picked kids up more times than I can count.

Damn, these kids are tiring. Fun, but tiring.

I also met my cousin Jolene for the first time, who is 19 months old and walking, but not talking. She’s almost got the hang of it, babbling in a bizarre mix of baby talk and something that could almost be French, if you don’t think about it too hard (much of my family on this side speaks French). One of my other cousins, Vanessa, drew me a birthday card and taught me to play new card games. At no point did she try to jump on my back. She is now my favourite cousin.

Later her brother Nicholas, the oldest of the group, jammed on the guitar for awhile. He’s pretty good at it, despite being so young. He’s on my very exclusive list of “kids with potential”.

Also, there was cake. Those kids can eat a lot of cake.

All said, it was nice seeing everyone. I haven’t been here in nearly three years now, and it was nice to see that I was both (a) missed, and (b) remembered by everyone, even the smallest of my cousins. As insane as it can get it’s nice having the entire clan around for family time; it’s an experience I that won’t be possible in a few more years, once they’re grown up more.

This concludes today’s awkwardly sentimental post. Tune in later for even more awkward and bizarre posts about my trip to the east.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dani  |  February 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Aww thats so cute! Children are terrifying.

    Reply
  • 2. jon  |  February 22, 2009 at 3:41 am

    yes yes you had fun. but do not forget who your favorite people are, or we will be forced to “disappear” these interlopers

    Reply
  • 3. stephen  |  February 23, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Why wasn’t I mentioned? We’re your real family, not these interlopers.

    Reply
  • 4. Dani  |  February 23, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Shhh! Just be glad he’s blogging again :D

    Reply

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