The Family (Or most of them)

The Family (Or most of them)
The Family

January 10, 2007

Alphabet Soup

KJ tagged me on this alphabet meme. In a moment of weakness or insanity, I am complying. This has taken me far too long as it is but I basically went with the first word that popped into my head.

A is for ALL grown up, Almost. That could describe me, but I'm talking about my kids. My daughter's 18, my son's 15. I'm more amazed at my son now because he's growing like a weed physically and changing inside even faster.

B is for BLOGGING, of course. And that means getting to know the likes of you and being enriched and entertained by you and laughing with you and doing those little winky thingies.

C is for CHRIS, my first name. Never fully felt comfortable with it (Chris Piss!!!, the teasing would go as a kid). It was like being a Boy Named Sue. When I was calling bingos as a young man, I was nicknamed Basil. Not sure why...

D is for DEPRESSION, a condition that runs here and there through my family tree. It's the boogeyman of life for some and 15-20 per cent of the world's population suffers from it. They shouldn't have to endure society's fear and loathing of them any more than a person who has been stricken by cancer.

E is for EASY, which life sometimes isn't. There's always the temptation to ESCAPE. And you can't. So you might as well ENJOY.

F is for FLATULENCE, a subject I know KJ doesn't like and, therefore, the reason I chose it. My own personal record for longest fart of my lifetime is seven seconds, recorded and timed on an outdoor hockey rink at age 12 or so.

G is for GERRY, my youngest brother. We look a lot alike (poor guy!) and act a lot alike. We spent hundreds of hours playing hockey in our basement growing up and are good buds.

H is for HEART, something I'm coming back to (my own and the overall definition of what having heart is) more and more each day.

I is for I, as in me, and what I want to be.

J is for JALALABAD. Just because I've always loved the name and I've been there.

K is for KAREN, both the one who tagged me on this meme and another who I hurt and left behind.

L is for LOST, something we all have been at one time or another and a place I have been to more times than I would like.

M is for MONICA, my little wisp-of-a-thing daughter who has always been so responsible, so together, so committed to what she wanted to do.

N is for NANNY, my grandma who grew up with us and taught me a lot about how to love and laugh and cook, and who spoiled me rotten and loved it when I teased her to hone my skills for future teasing of females.

O is for ORDINARY, which thankfully I have always considered myself to be.

P is for PYTHON (MONTY), which still brings a laugh to this day. It's also for PAUL, the middle name of my oldest brother Doug, who calls me Kaboobie and once said to me: There is love in silence.

Q is for QUIET, which is what I mostly am, at least comparatively.

R is for REAL, another thing I strive to be.

S is for SISTERS, of which I have three: Lori, Lisa and Shauna. They have taught me many things about life from a feminine perspective. And man, did I tease them growing up...

T is for TAFFY, the golden lab we grew up with.

U is for US, as in me, myself and I. My kids are right there, of course, but not always physically.

V is for VESTIGES -- those last remnants of previous lifetimes -- and continuing to work on leaving them in the past where they belong.

W is for WITHIN WITHOUT, this strange pseudonym I started out with in an unknowing way back in May and which has, strangely, more or less proven to be fairly accurate. And rewarding.

X is for the X FACTOR...and I don't even know what mine is yet.

Y is for saying YES to the challenge to be open-minded about things I could never understand before but which I accept now.

Z is for 'ZIS is ze end.


  1. too bad that u cudnt think of me for K...I know Im a VAIN creature!


  2. How do you know I WASN'T thinking of it, but just felt I maybe shouldn't say it?


  3. you are too much ww!!!

    first of all, i had no idea it was alright to make up the words you wanted for each letter. i just followed ces' because i thought i had to. i am impressed with your indepedence.

    second, kudos for your comments about depression. if "society" viewed treatment for it as easily as the wearing eyeglasses or setting a broken leg, we'd all be a whole lot better off.

    third, to chris from karen (oh jeez): you did one fine job on this meme, mr. ww. except of course for your unecessary need to explain the length of you-know-what. there was no need to cause me to squint when i least expected it.

    fourth, my crush on you has been solidified by the depth and honesty of this post. and for any one who thinks i am making a serious move on ww, please, we're blog friends, remember? where else can i flirt with a nice guy i wish were my local friend and watch him blush through my computer screen? (ps if he leaves a comment that he doesn't blush, you'd best believe me, not him)


  4. Anonymous8:49 p.m.

    "O is for ORDINARY, which thankfully I have always considered myself to be."

    You are anything but ordinary, silly.

    (By the way, Monty Python rules!)

  5. Seven seconds, eh? Hmm, that's quite the record.

  6. Anonymous9:41 p.m.

    Lovely! Simply lovely.

    Oh, by the way, my children should be arriving parcel post tomorow afternoon. You did say they could come make snow angels, right?

  7. KJ:

    Well, what were you SUPPOSED TO DO? I guess I should go back and check to see what you did. Duh.

    But I am NOT doing this again!

    Geez, I'm going to have to go back and read my own post. I discussed the length of what?

    Blush Blush Blush.


    No, ya see, I tend to shy away from loud people who want to shout out to the world, "I'm special."

    They may be. But I'd rather discover that for myself without all the hulabaloo.

    I don't stand out in a crowd and I don't want to. Not that I'm hiding, I'm just, well, reserved.

    Quietly confident.




    I don't go around bragging about, usually. So I guess you didn't like Blazing Saddles, huh?


    Yeah, but I hope you packed parkas with them, although I know that would add so much bulk and expense.

    It was -33 C with the windchill here early this morning...and that was before the cold front arrives.

  8. u cheaters meterz LOL!


  9. Anonymous9:16 a.m.

    Kind of revealing. I like the name, Chris. Nothing wrong with it. Basil is cute.

    You even forgot G..


  10. Keshi:

    What's a cheaters meterz?


    Whaddya mean, I missed G? You mean, I missed Gautami?

  11. I think Chris is a nice name too - am I am also disappointed that Z was not for Ziggi :(

    Only kidding - lovely post :0)

  12. Anonymous1:49 p.m.

    We females are trying to rile you


  13. lol just a Keshi term :)


  14. Anonymous3:00 a.m.

    very cool! very cool indeed!
    how long did it take you to do that?

  15. I remember once before when you posted a pic of your initials and I thought it was probably Chris -you look more like Chris than any other C name.


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