Almost every year my family visits my parents' hometown of Effingham, Illinois. Mainly to see my granny who is a 96-year-old inspiration, but also a bunch of my cousins, aunts and uncles who still live there. These are the things we usually do while we're there.
- 1.We visit the funeral home.This is a picture of it from the 1950s, I think. It's been our family's business since 1870. My cousin Patrick runs it now.
- 2.We discuss how my cousin Patrick is such a good boy.Even though he's 27 now.
- 3.We talk about how my cousin Maddie sings so well.
- 4.We refer to things with cardinal directions.On the north side of town...
- 5.We reminisce about buildings that have been torn down for more than 30 years.Mainly, I listen while my parents/aunts/uncles reminisce.
- 6.I get asked if I'm driving a stick shift these days.My Uncle Dennis taught me how to drive a stick shift 20 years ago, but I haven't driven one since.
- 7.We drive past cornfields.
- 8.We get ice cream at the Homewood Grill.Unless it's winter, but we almost never visit in winter.
- 9.I have to explain my job, even though I've had the same one for 10+ years.They remember I work at a college...but they are usually under the mistaken impression that I'm a professor.
- 10.WE TALK LOUDLY.A lot of old people means a lot partially deaf people.