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November 2nd, 2003

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family once removed stories

My mother's boyfriend's nephew is visiting the United States from Sweden. This meant that he got to meet all sorts of odd relatives and near-relatives. Here are a couple of stories related to my by him and his Finnish girlfriend.

Story the First

They went with my mother's boyfriend and one of his sisters to visit my mother's boyfriend's mother.

She spent a lot of time complaining about her health and her neighbors and various family members and so on and so forth.

My mother's boyfriend's sister tried to end the visit on a positive note, and talked about how things couldn't be SO bad since she had a son who visited her often and grandchildren who came from as far away as Sweden to see her and so on. My impression was that it was a pretty lengthy attempt to cheer my mother's boyfriend's mother up.

My mother's boyfriend's mother appeared to listen to all of this, and responded, "Sometimes I wish I would go to sleep and never wake up."

Story the Second

A group of relatives met up in Boston to do a bit of a walking tour. As often is the case, one group of people walked faster than the other, so they separated into two sub-groups that didn't get much opportunity to talk to one another.

Suddenly, one of the relatives (who my mother's boyfriend's nephew had barely spoken to previously -- I think it was one of his uncles or something) caught up to him and said, 'If you're an American in the kitchen, what are you in the bathroom?'

m-b-n was caught a little off guard by this question, but responded that he supposed that you would be an American in the bathroom also.

The relative responded, 'Nope! European!' HAW HAW &c.
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