Shared History

by Ginger on May 10, 2013

in Family

Today was a good day, and then it was a bad day, and then it was an annoying day, and then it was a boring day, and then it was an annoying day again, and then it was a busy day, and then it was the end of the day.

Thank goodness.

The best part about the day, though, was getting to see family–an aunt I haven’t seen in years (probably…not since my wedding? Yikes!) and a cousin who recently moved to the area. It was simple and nice and uncomplicated, the best kind of visits in my opinion. We had pizza and wings, and talked and talked and talked. I got updates on their lives, and on various family members. Not gossip, just news. They talked to Jackson and got to laugh at him being a show off, and it was nice.

What I remembered as I was sitting at the table talking with these ladies was that it’s really nice at times to have people around you who have a shared vocabulary. There’s an ease there (sometimes) when you have a connected history, where you’re starting with some of the same basic facts. The backstory is already established, so you can just jump right to the meat of the matter.

I miss that sometimes. I miss having that shared history. It’s not the be all end all, and heaven knows that it’s not always even something that overtakes any familial awkwardness or conflict, but when there is no strife there? It sure can make for an easy, relaxed conversation at dinner.

Erica May 11, 2013 at 7:45 am

This is why I’m so thankful for my sister.

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