Saturday, June 15, 2013

Eavesdropping on Generations

Four rooms.

Alison and I were in one, having an intense discussion about what to pack (I think? Something relatively minor -- we weren't upset, just trying to figure out the best thing to do).

In the next room my father and Emily's sister Jillian were talking about the fact that he had gotten her pregnant, and now she was getting an abortion, and he wasn't happy about it at all. This was where most of my attention kept going, because they were literally in the next room and there was no door we could close. She was calm and determined, he was subdued but frustrated and upset, saying he would pay for everything, if she'd just keep the child secret...

In the third room I think was... I forget who -- Biff, Melanie, Charles, Diane? Boomers, anyway. Also arguing, about something pretty important, I forget what, but it was pretty angry and sad. We could (and did) close that door.

And in the fourth room, asleep but somehow listening to all the others, was Granny.

One note: Jillian is married to Brian Tysinger, who is almost certainly a distant cousin of mine, and of my father's. He has the same thick black hair as all the Tysingers, and my father, and his mother (Dorothy Tysinger).

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