Family History

They want to know stories from before they were born. My niece prompts with an example: she is telling me about the time at the Chart House, when I squeezed a cherry tomato with salad tongs, and the tomato flew across the table and landed on my father's forehead. They ask for more, a polite request for the "funniest stories ever." I can't think of any. Later, when they are playing Airplane, shouting-laughing-toppling over, I say, "Your mama and I used to play that." They are interested immediately, asking questions, curious about any detail I can spare.

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