God Bless the internet, e-mail and Skype! Here is a run down of my family so you can see how important these resources are in my life.
1. I am the oldest of 7 “McGee” kids. We grew up in a small country hamlet and we all have a strange sense of humor.
2. My husband and I have 6 children that are spread near and far – mostly far. Currently the furthest is Austria – but that could change on a moments notice.
3. We have many grand kids, great grand kids, cousins and farm friends who feel like they are family that are also spread across the globe. The miracle is that we keep in touch.
4. We have college age, retirees, babies, artists, musicians, writers, farmers, blue collar workers; no words can explain this bunch. One of my son-in-laws came the closest when he said “They are all normal – only half a kink off.”
5. We all suffer from the same thing: cabin fever, which has a multiplier effect this time of year. When our lives are running rapidly in opposite directions we all get weirder and frantic, the need to connect is almost over powering.
A couple of years ago one of my sibs began an e-mail conversation that we were all copied on. It began as ‘do you remember when?’ and everyone chimed in with a variety of idiotic comments. It soon developed into craziness that on one other than our family would begin to understand; family pets, long dead even had voices. First of all, the lack of logic to the comments is hilarious to us all and additional remembered nonsense makes Dr. Seuss look like a beginner. We are sarcastic to the point of being rude but well meaning in our own strange world and no offense is taken. The end result is we get to enjoy each other plus have a few belly laughs and get through the remaining weeks of winter. It keeps family and friends connected and gives us the platform to talk on and on about nothing. That is what we all do best!