Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A conversation with my cousin...

"I know of no realm of life that can provide more companionship in a lonely world or greater feelings of security and purpose in chaotic times than the close ties of a family." ~Charles R. Swindoll

I have thirty-one cousins... seventeen are younger than me, five don't live in Trinidad and Tobago. Some of them I see and talk to regularly... some I don't. Some I get along well with... some of them have some growing up to do. All of them are very interesting people.

I talked to my cousin last night. He turned 43 last December and spent some time trying to convince me that he was twice my age. Then he asked why I was wasting time... at my age he'd already gotten married, had two kids and was an owner of land (not house yet.. just land). I'm not so sure about the married with two kids but maybe I am wasting time? I don't own land (or a house)... I own a car which is going to be sold sometime soon and replaced with another.

What is one 'supposed' to have at my age? Who sets the standards?

My cousin is convinced that my parents want grandchildren. This may be because his mom is trying to get him to give her a female grandchild. I've already told my parents that the Kitten (now almost-Cat) is my child... and that if they want children to play with they can go borrow any of a few of my cousins' children.

My cousin also seems to think that, since I've not yet found myself a 'suitable partner', he (and his brothers? my other male cousins?) should help me out. He started discussing 'criteria'... my prospective mate should be at least as smart as I am (makes sense to me) and should not be darker than him (my cousin... who is lighter in skin colour than I am considering he's got more Chinese blood in him than I've got in me... that one didn't make sense to me). He's going to be working on the rest of the criteria.

If he wasn't joking around I'd ask for help.

I'll find my own prospective mate when I'm good and ready thank you very much.

Family. Oy.


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