Wednesday, February 24, 2010

There are Two Kinds of Families: Ones with Huge, Insurmountable, Horrifying I Mean Really, Really Bad Problems

And then there are the ones Who Lie About It.

This was said by the priest to a family member after one of the many 'events' in the past 6 yrs. (Really? Its only been that long?) I'm not sure if it was at a funeral, by a hospital bed, or just one on one couseling. Anyway, it was reassuring. When unfortunate  things happen, you feel like the rest of the world is normal and you're not. It's as if you somehow got stuck in the  loser parade with two left shoes and a burlap dress and two teeth and just have to watch as the pretty fairy princess parade floats along to beautiful music. The princesses smile condescendingly at you -with  ALL their teeth- and wave and plead with you to come join their float, which of course you both know can't because of the wall which divides you, from them. So what do you do?
Scream and  shout that there has been some mistake and you were put in the wrong line? Explain you couldn't find your silk Princess Bubble Yum gown but now you remember where you left it, along with your other teeth and 'please let me out so I can get them and get in the right line?'

But you know they won't beleive you. So, heartbroken, you reach down  all the while gazing wistfully at the normal parade. Slip off your shoes, which are also the wrong size. And you hurl them  as hard as you can at the princess' head. The crystal crown is not so impressive when it sits over a big purple welt on her forehead is it?  That will bring her down a peg or two.

Ok. That wouldn't be very nice. But it might be funny. If the hard truth were not so sad. The reality is we are all in the "gimp parade". Whether we look like it or not. We all have our huge, insurmountable, horrifying problems. Sometimes we lie about them. Sometimes we are forced to admit them. But at the end of the day we are all in the same parade.
We've gone through a lot in the past 6 or so years. I won't list all the trials and tribulations. If you are human and have a family, you have your own list.. Whether or not you acknowledge  it. But at least you have the entire world for company.

But don't get too down . Next post I'll show you how to have fun with it. Seriously.

1 comment:

Tirzah said...

That's one of the best Bishop Tyson lines ever, although the original was a little shorter: "There are two kinds of families: the ones with huge, huge problems, and the ones who lie about it."
For the record, it was in Confession. The one which resulted in him telling me, for my penance, to "get a life."