Friday, January 11, 2008

If Life Were a Drama

Dramatis Personae
Matt: First appears on-stage as the grudging IT of anyone who can claim relation or acquaintance of any sort. He's got a ready, slightly crooked smile, older-brotherly advice, and offers companionship when it is most needed. He's also just a little too smart for his own good --"Does anyone want to play chess with me?"

Jeremy: Once the child who "only like[d] cheese on Mondays," not much has been lost with ascent to adulthood. His latest harebrained schemes include evading campsite fees by pitching a tent on an 11-foot inflatable raft (how about that sleepwalking?), and planned decimation of the nearby carp population, thereby reaping a triple profit (financially, environmentally and angling-ally.)

Curt, Jen & Phillip: The "tenants" of the house who are soon revealed to be much more. They're a ready support group for distressed students, advisors in all areas of life (the essentials, the practicals, and the frivolous), and always ready for a culinary adventure or late-night talk. Phillip is quite obviously the live-in comedian: his impersonations & suggestions ("can we put socks on the fishy?") and even his speech (how does a seminarian's son say "truck"?) will bring laughter no matter how down you can be.

Steve, Laurie & Co.: the family who's distant geographically, but close in every other way. Laurie's quick wit, rapid thinking and unending activity leaves the watcher with the urge to rewind and replay her in slow-motion. Steve and she possess a whole family of little gremlins/comedians (the pictures I could post! :)

Jonathan: Of course you've heard of the superhero "Margarine Man"? That's him. He's also Jalopy Jon, the Jungle Jop who devours live and flipping fish. He's the energizer bunny who zigzags the road others struggle to finish, and the foreign correspondent who's epistles are much appreciated (hint hint!)

Mother: Well, she's just that: motherly. Still preparing tea for breakfast, brown-bag" lunches and made-from-scratch suppers, still scolding about messy rooms and socks left inside-out, the way she pampers these kids one wonders if her children ever really grew up?

Dad: A former third-grade teacher with an affinity for third-grade humour and hinkpinks". Also an avid naturalist with an encyclopedic knowledge of birds, trees, and the "smaller" wonders of the universe. He's got an open ear, a wonderfully absorbant shoulder, and an overflowing fountain of wisdom.

So there you have it: the people God's put in my life. The more I get to know them, the stranger they get... and the stranger they get, the more I want to know them :)
Love you lots!


Michele said...

I love it! Thanks for giving us a little glimpse into the inner workings of your wonderful family. Sadly I could not see the pictures, but maybe that is just me!
:)Love you.

Ruth said...

Thanks Michele! Blogger and I have a long-standing war going on the area of pictures, but it should be OK now.

Curt and Jen said...

As the beloved Gurgi would say: "flatterings and splatterings."

A follow-up of this post presenting the baby of this family, will soon be featured on the blogsite of Ruth's favorite brother (and sister-in-law).

Anonymous said...

Beautifully done Ruth! My compliments to your Mom...about whom I can say, "Right on!" The "mommy" actions will never go away--it's our way of loving. ;)
Mrs. R

Laurie said...

Very nicely put, Ruth. I was just about to add something about you but Curt and/or Jen beat me to it. And Curt, you did a very good job of describing our dear Ruth. Ruth, you are the very sweetest person I know, and we couldn't have been blessed with a better "baby" of the family because you don't have an ounce of spoiled-ness in you. Always sacrificial and thinking of others... I hope you don't mind me mentioning this but I remember an incident that very aptly showed your character... once when you were very upset you wanted to be rash and crazy so you threw... balled-up Kleenexes at the wall. I hope my kids someday have a similar wild side :)

Curt and Jen said...

Well Laurie, maybe there is just an OUNCE of "spoiledness..." We can't let her get away with nothing.

Steffi said...

hey Ruth - I love the descriptions, knowing your family as I do, it was really neat to read...

Crystal said...

Ruth I don't know your family but I loved your discriptions and it makes me wish I knew them. You seem to be very blessed and I am happy that you have them in your life.