Crazy Runs in the Family

So, Spitzer, yeah? I’ve got stuff to say about that, but it’s kinda whiny, so let’s put that aside for now and talk about how geedee crazy each and every member of my family is. In the most lovable way possible, of course.

This Saturday, I was out on a pub crawl when I got a text from my sister:

“ARE YOU OK?” It said.

I scratched my head for a minute. It’s a pretty big philosophical question, if you think about it. I mean, I think I might have allergies or something, and I’d really like to lose about ten pounds. But I believe I’m a good person and people keep asking me to hang out, so I must enjoy some kind of esteem from my peers.

I was just about to text back, “I think so?” when I noticed that my little envelope thingie was lit up. This means that I had a message. (I am a technical wizard.)

I had two messages. One was confirming a hair appointment, and thank God, as I look like one of those potted plants you can’t kill. The other was from Meg.

“Pooper?” (That’s what she calls me. It’s also what I call her. We’re all about keeping it simple.) “I was watching the news and I saw that there was a crane collapse on the east side and I know you never go there and you’re probably OK but can you call me as soon as you can because I’m so, so worried, and I love you.”

By this time, she was crying. Still, it was a very level-headed message from a five-months-pregnant woman who lives 3000 miles away from the family of her childhood, so I thought she was doing well. I called her back and told her I was alive and well on my way to being drunk, and she was quite relieved that things were back to normal.

Later, I learned that, during the half hour or so between her phone call and my return call, she’d decided the following:

1) That I was dead, and no one knew it yet.
2) That her son, who is still in the process of growing lanugo, would never get to meet me and that she would spend the rest of her life telling him all about how much his Auntie Jennie loved him, even before he was born.
3) That I was dead. For real. As in, not alive. (It’s really important to remember that I’ve never once, in three years of living in New York, been within ten blocks of the place where the crane collapsed.)

Apparently, she called my folks, got my Dad on the phone and scared the shit out of him. He wasn’t afraid that I was dead. He was afraid that she was broken.

She claims he literally said: “Ah! Ah! Crying! Wait! Your mother!” And then woke my Mom up from a sound nap by shoving the phone in her face and saying, “Crying! It’s crying! Fix it!”

This probably isn’t an exaggeration.

Then she informed Mom that I was probably dead and started crying harder, while saying, “But she’s dead and I don’t love ANYONE LIKE I LOVE MY POOPER.”

I’m certain that her husband was thrilled about this statement, but I have to say that it warmed my heart later when I heard it.

Hormones are a helluva drug, people.

Long story short, I’m fine, Meg’s fine, the bebe is fine, John is fine, and even my Dad has recovered nicely. We are high-strung people, but affectionate. You can’t have everything.

Published by Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

I'm a freelance writer and editor.

6 thoughts on “Crazy Runs in the Family

  1. I don’t know what you’re talking about. It all seemed perfectly rational to me at the time. I’ve really found that pregnancy has no hormonal effects what-so-ever. Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a pound cake and a box of tissues calling my name…

    Mrs. P.

  2. I love, love, love when you write about your family! And being an aunt is the best, by the way. All of the fun and none of the work.

  3. I know that my sister seemed to put a lot of value in having my nephew recognize me and respond when I first met him. It’s hard on me being so far from them, but so it be.

    People from outside the city never know where you go anyhow… so it’s easy for them to assume (especially when a tiny bit of anxiety is in their character) that the worst has happened, and we who live here are on fire in a bus that’s sailing off a bridge (or the equivalent.)

    Sort of makes you feel needed and a bit loved, though it’s a little odd.

  4. The really crazy part? I know the city, and I know my sis’ neighborhoods, where she goes and doesn’t go. I knew that she never goes there, but I was convinced she was there anyway. Now THAT’S crazy.


    Mrs. P.

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