I find the dynamics of our house to be really interesting (yes, I realize that it’s not my house, but I feel at home there and it’s just easier to call it “my house” rather than explaining to every single person on the planet my living situation).
Lance (aka “the dad”): Lance does some computer job thing where he gets to work from home. This is really nice for him, and I believe benefits his family because he cleans everyday and does dishes and such.
Beth (aka “the mom”): Beth works at Claudia’s school. She used to work from home, I believe. Now she comes home and deals with dinner and such things.
Claudia (aka “the child”): How does one describe Claudia? Hmm… Claudia is very hot and cold. One minute you are her favorite person and the next she is your worst enemy. Either way, I love living with her. She keeps everyday interesting.
Tracy (aka “the niece”): Tracy has just joined us at the commune. Her family moved to Florida, and Tracy graduated from high school early so that she could move back to NC and possibly go to college here.
Linda (aka “Na”): This wonderful grandmother of many has moved in with us for the rest of winter. She goes around and randomly cleans things that you don’t think need cleaning. For example: when I went to bed last night, the bathroom was only partially messy, as we have had a lot of traffic in there for the past two weeks. This morning, at 6am, everything was pulled from under the sink and out of drawers. Linda decided to start this project, as Tracy and I will now be sharing a bathroom. I was a little pissed that I had to step over stuff that early, prior to coffee consumption.
Chester (aka “the very old dog”): The sworn companion of Linda, Chester has also moved into the commune. Chester is a huge Akita… he’s also the sweetest dog on the planet.
Hugo (aka “my boy”): Hugo is my remaining pet. A cat so beautiful that in his next life, he will be Tyra Banks. He is not thrilled with the idea of Chester.
Not an inch of space was spared, or taken for granted, for this Chrismas holiday in the commune. Along with the cast of characters, Tracy’s entire family (including parents, two siblings, large dog and very old cat) were also in the house. Linda’s husband joined us for a few days, and Steve (Tracy’s older brother) came home from college and stayed in the commune off and on for the holiday. In case we weren’t cramped enough, there was also a life-like six-foot Santa Claus standing in the living room, and he has since made his way up the stairs into the hallway.
I have to admit… with the exception of the Santa Claus, I have really enjoyed this. Watching the family dynamic of a group this huge was fascinating. My family doesn’t get along like this, we don’t argue like this, we don’t talk like this or play games. We don’t wrestle with our younger cousins. We don’t read to our siblings or take pictures of the deserts that were made on Christmas Night.
I was honored to be welcome into this environment.