February 6, 2009 by 8junebugs
I met my cousin Boo for dinner last night out in the bloody wilds of Maryland, and can I just say? I’m STILL never moving to Maryland.
I was late getting there (stupid Maryland-bound traffic) and then couldn’t follow my own directions to the restaurant someone had recommended, so we wound up at Olive Garden about five minutes before I start chewing on my own arm. Fortunately, Boo remains as good-natured and laidback as she was when we were kids.
Dinner was SO. MUCH. FUN. Seriously. The fun falls into two categories:
- Learning more about my cousin as an adult and finding out we’ve got a ton in common
- Hearing family stories that, for whatever reason, I haven’t heard before now, and laughing my freaking head off
Under “Learning,” we talked about careers and I had the pleasure of hearing my own argument against going to law school come out of someone else’s mouth — basically, “The Law” is awesome, but practicing law isn’t really for us. I have a feeling it appeals to our shared love of dramatic stories and general fairness.
I also interrogated her on her college experience, which closely matched my Ideal College Trajectory: elite-for-a-damn-good-reason college, semester abroad, a cappella group, senior thesis involving fairy tales… I managed to remain more entertained than envious, but it was a close one.
I hereby promise that, before I transfer my Ideal College Trajectory onto my kid, I will make sure he or she talks to Boo to get a real perspective. Me? I’m all hopped up on broken dreams of private school and late-night screenings of Dead Poet’s Society and Mona Lisa Smile.
Under “Hearing family stories,” there were some jaw-droppers. The only one I think I’ll share here, though, is that my father was apparently thrown out of a VFW bar on the Cape for brawling.
My dad. Bar fight. Pitched out of the VFW. Within the last 10 years.
I need to talk to Boo’s dad and get the details of this epic leap out of character.
Oh, and one of my other cousins — one of the few quiet ones — is at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and will graduate as an officer in the Merchant Marine. I have a cousin who’s totally going to battle pirates! W00t!