Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Sister of Mercy
I can't imagine ever going on a family vacation with my parents and sisters.
I'm not entirely sure we ever have. Honestly.
Maybe a day trip to Cedar Point, but that's it. I think the closest we ever got was going to Florida in 1975, and even then, my oldest sister was on a high school trip to Russia, so it wasn't everyone.
AND it was New Port Ritchey, Florida. Not Metropolis, FL. New Port Ritchie is only the hotbed of excitement if you're the 70 year old moving into the complex where everyone is 80 and up - since you're the young whippersnapper.
Oh yes, our parents took us to Disneyworld....on Easter, where my mother promptly left us, she was so upset with the four of us - the reason being unknown, though I somehow blame my little sister. How she ever found us again is beyond me - except that we were dressed in matching striped rugby shirts.
Oh, the horror!!!!
So it is beyond me that David Sedaris took a trip to the beach with his sisters, brother and father - as full grown adults. But it is an excellent essay.
I don't say that lightly.
His book, Me Talk Pretty One Day, almost had me peeing my pants as I flew from Atlanta to Cleveland 10+ years ago. Srsly, the people sitting near me must have thought I was insane the way I was laughing.
Dress Yourself Family in Corduroy and Denim was good too (as was Naked and Barrel Fever). But Sedaris started to lose me on When You are Engulfed in Flames. I smiled once (once!!) during that reading, and never laughed at all.
To be fair, maybe his last two books were better, but I admittedly didn't run out to buy them and they've just kind of gone by the wayside. I've forgotten about them.
But a few months ago Sedaris wrote another great New Yorker piece on his sisters visiting Hugh (his partner) and him for the holidays. So, maybe the man is back on track.
This essay that is highlighted above has humour (I'm still laughing at the name choices for a purchased property), but it goes way beyond that, which is partly due to the subject matter.
If you have a few minutes, take a read.
Song by: Thompson Twins