Zman just reminded me in a recent post about the time I posted about some of the outrageous Thanksgiving happenings that have taken place with the in-laws (e.g. announcing the dog licked the turkey while people are eating it) and I recall some other posts where I told y’all about my grandmother’s infamous holiday and birthday gift-giving (e.g. packages of dreidel napkins, boxes of tampons, Ebony Reflections birthday cards, etc.).
I’ll throw out another freebie. My mother’s father was a raging alcoholic, which is its own tragic tale, but an oft-told family anecdote about him is that he used to be a real law ‘n’ order supporter and on one occasion tried to “help” (at least in his mind) the police catch a speeder. Seems he got involved in a high speed chase while he had a good buzz on and pulled in front of a car speeding with a cop apparently in pursuit. He managed to get in front and put his car into a sideways slide and caused the vehicle to jam on his brakes – the cop car crashed into the stopped vehicle. They were traveling on a four-lane road and it turns out the car was speeding to get into the other lane so as to get out of the cops way who was racing to respond to a call on the other side of town! Yep, grampa lost his license a while for that one.
It occurs to me, though, that I can’t be the only one out there with family members who act kooky or eccentric. Let’s hear your amusing and/or distressful tales.