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.
- •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.
- •We discuss how my cousin Patrick is such a good boy.Even though he's 27 now.
- •We talk about how my cousin Maddie sings so well.
- •We refer to things with cardinal directions.On the north side of town...
- •We reminisce about buildings that have been torn down for more than 30 years.Mainly, I listen while my parents/aunts/uncles reminisce.
- •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.
- •We drive past cornfields.
- •We get ice cream at the Homewood Grill.Unless it's winter, but we almost never visit in winter.
- •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.
- •WE TALK LOUDLY.A lot of old people means a lot partially deaf people.