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22 April 2010 @ 09:14 pm
The Truth is Stranger than Fiction  
My brother and I sat my cousin down this morning and explained to him, very clearly, that in order to continue living here, he needs to start seeing a counselor again, and go back on his meds. He stopped taking them last year, supposedly to prove he 'wasn't dependant' in preparation for joining the military. As he hasn't joined up yet, and his temper suffers greatly while he's off the stuff, I think it's reasonable to ask him to start taking it again.

Cousin was not happy. Even though my brother did most of the talking, my cousin addressed all his anger towards me, and asked my brother if he enjoyed being 'cuckholded by his own sister'. Some of the other things he said were downright filthy, but I stepped in and said he wasn't required to like me, but he is required to keep a civil tongue. He's insistant the he'll be moving out soon (is that a threat? ^_^;;) because he doesn't like either stipulation of staying but, as he doesn't have a job right now, he's going to have to comply until he gets the funds together. Either way will be a huge weight off my shoulders. He has an approintment for next week-- remarkably early, if only by virtue of the fact the doctor works at the same practice my niece goes to and had an opening. I was worried we'd have to wait longer, but I'm glad I checked there first before looking further afield.

In other news, cousin also got kicked out of the County Flower Show today. No wait, it makes sense in a minute. Cousin is dating this girl who has a scary right-wing conservative father-- a cop who, incidentally, has been enabling a lot of my cousin's machismo and gun issues. Said cop is apparently supporting an equally scary conservative independant in the upcoming election, and asked my cousin and his girlfriend to go to the flower show and collect signatures. Anyone with a lick of sense should know that a private event like that won't put up with solicitation, even if you paid to get in. I actually heard about this from a neighbor before my cousin even got back home. *mortified and irritated with suburbia all at once*

Yeah. And now the phone is ringing. How much you wanna bet that's my cousin's mother, calling to fuss at me for picking on her baby?

ETA: Yup, that was my aunt. Damn, I'm good. Apparently, I am a "man-hating lesbian" taking out my frustrations on her son and "an evil Jew" who shall surely repent of her ways when Auntie and Cousin are taken up in the end-times rapture like the good Christians they are. ...
... Do I honestly have to share genetic material with these people? Seriously?
Emotional Temperature: annoyedannoyed
The Band Plays:: "Ugly"-- by the Exies
Elanor Graveselgraves on April 23rd, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Your aunt scares me. I'm glad he is complying with you request and also that he is planning to move out; but concerned that all his anger is directed towards you. considering how you guys don't know where the gun is at.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: violetgarnettrees on April 24th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
Heh. She scares me, too. ^_^ What scares me more is that I'm kind of used to her.

I'm concerned about the gun as well, but I honestly don't think he's going to bring it back here, for fear of my brother taking it away. I did go out and buy a bolt for my door-- I have the third floor all to myself, so I put the bolt on the door to the stairwell. The door locks aleady, but I figured a little more caution couldn't hurt. If anything, it will ensure my privacy when I need it.

Thank you so much for listening! *hugs*
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Meredith Bronwen Mallory: kissmegarnettrees on April 24th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
I may, in fact, simply be crazy. *weak smile* But thank you, so so much for being there. *HUGS* back.
captannecaptanne on April 23rd, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
Remember that "battle of the crazy families" we had goin' on? You win. O_O
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: love2garnettrees on April 24th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
But I don't wanna win! ^_~ I still think your Romanian Club Med story beats anything I've got for sheer entertainment value. Though, when my aunt gets to sermonizing, it can be pretty funny too. The jury is still out as to whether its funny 'ha-ha' or funny 'strange'. ^_~;;
captannecaptanne on April 24th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
Oh-kay. You're on!

My cousin's Father, the inventor of The Artificial Snow Blower, got bored with his life of invention and turned instead to shipping. He invested in cargo carriers that shipped shoes up to Boston, MA from Caracas, Venezuela. No, really. Shipping. Shoes. From a South American Country. Rrright.

His wife, my aunt, used to raise English Springer Spaniels* and have a vodka Martini every morning while in bed, eating breakfast and reading the newspaper. No children were allowed in until "Mum" had had her cocktail. (*I have fond memories of Spaniel puppies bounding all over the mechanical equipment that littered the back yard of their farm. Some of which ultimately turned into The Artificial Snow Blower.)

And that's just the Scottish side of the family.

The Welsh side is a bit tamer but add a bit more emphasis on the Martoonis. O_O heh My great great great uncle on that side invented (I know!) the typewriter keyboard. Yep. That very thing we all use to post cool messages on websites. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Austin_Burt And the solar compass which, really, is just too cool for school.
doves_wingdoves_wing on April 23rd, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, you're okay! You stopped posting fic, I had wondered if you were all right. I'm glad your cousin is listening (however reluctantly). Your aunt sounds like a very scary woman. I'm so sorry you have to deal with her. O.O

Eh, on the bright side, if she's in heaven or wherever, and you're not... you won't have to listen to her? =P

All humor aside, I really hope your family gets off your case.

Edited at 2010-04-23 02:19 pm (UTC)
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: wyrdgarnettrees on April 24th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you for being concerned! ^_^ I feel terrible that I haven't had more 'In Amnion' for you guys, but I promise I am working on it. I just need things to settle down here a bit, so I can actually sit down and write without being interrupted. *sigh*

My aunt is very scary, but I'm used to her. If I took anything she said seriously, I'd go crazy.

Eh, on the bright side, if she's in heaven or wherever, and you're not... you won't have to listen to her? =P
Yup. I'm going to Gan Eden (um... Jewish heaven ^^;)... hopefully. Or getting reincarnated. Either way, you're right, I don't think I'll be meeting her in a dark alley in the afterlife. Lucky for her. *wink*

Thank you so much for your kind words,