Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Surprise! Another Haven Beach shot. You never know what you're going to see here, but you can almost rest assured it'll be a picture of Haven Beach, Gwynn's Island, or New Point. And now for another surprise: I am going to talk about more relatives of mine, the only first cousins the Chespeake Bay Sisters have.
I'm kicking off the new year by introducing another arm of the Chesapeake Bay Family, another whole set of characters: our Colorado cousins.
CB Father had two brothers, one of whom never married, never had children, and has passed on. The one remaining brother is a neurosurgeon out in Denver, and he has 4 children: 2 girls and 2 boys, from here on identified as: Cousin Marcy (oldest, and the one I hung out with); Cousin Judy (closer to Middle Sister's age and very Middle-Sister-like); Cousin Donny and Cousin Timmy (youngest). The names have been changed to protect the guilty as well as the innocent.
The other day I found some letters and old school papers from Middle Sister’s childhood, including correspondence to her from Colorado Cousin Judy.
Here is an excerpt from one that I found particularly enchanting:
2/9/1979 (Middle Sis would have been about 11 or 12)
Dear Chesapeake Bay Middle Sister:
A few things:
1. It snowed last night, but most of it is gone now.
2. Brother Donny is really getting on my nerves. I think someday I’m going to have a mental breakdown from his bugging me. Baby Brother Timmy’s a real jerk, but not as much as Donny. Donny acts like he’s younger than Timmy.
I just remembered! Those pukey little cub scouts are coming over tonight to watch some barfy little movie! They come ripping through the house yelling and screaming, like they have grasshoppers up their shirts.
(By the way, the last time I went skiing, one of my friends Linda gave me this one thing that looked like a strange nut. She said it was really good and started eating handfuls of them. I ate it, and just after I swallowed it, she told me what it was: a fried grasshopper! Yuck!)
Well anyway, the last time those cub scouts came over, Baby Brother Timmy was upstairs taking a bath with the shower curtain and the door wide open. He was singing too! About three of the cub scouts snuck upstairs when Dad wasn’t looking. When he found out they were missing, he ran upstairs to hustle them back into the kitchen.
Do you know what one of them said? “Who was the kid singing in the bathtub? You know, you should teach your son to shut the door when he takes a bath!” I could have died.
I’m not sure if I told you this, but a while ago, it was about 11:00 at night, and Brother Donny couldn’t sleep, so he turned on his light, took off his clothes and jumped on his bed RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE WINDOW WITH THE CURTAINS WIDE OPEN! The next day, the little girl who lives across the street told me about it….
Love, Colorado Cousin Judy
Chesapeake Bay Woman’s Comments:
Is there any question--whatsoever--in anyone’s mind that these people are our blood relatives? Calling siblings "jerks," using the words "pukey" and "barfy" when referencing brother's cub scout pack; a brother who sings in the shower with the door and curtain wide open and another brother who flashes the next door neighbors?
Oh yeah, this is definitely an off shoot of the Chesapeake Bay Family. Western style.