One? There are many and this could make a whole series of posts. If you asked my siblings they’d probably say it was me. Being the only daughter with four brothers, I was bound to be different. I also view the world differently. Difference can be considered odd. I don’t wish to present my idiosyncrasies here, but let it suffice there are many.
Of course, in Christopher’s family there were a plethora of characters that would tick all the boxes. It’s somehow easier to look at others’ oddness, rather than discuss my own.
Can you remember the TV program, Keeping up Appearances with Hyacinth Bucket? That was Christopher’s mother to a T. She held the same values and it wasn’t just the family that commented on this similarity. Her house was always immaculate and her superlative taste was always recognized. One of her friends gave her the book about the TV program and she was delighted, not realizing that people were laughing at the similarities.
Christopher found it very difficult when he took the grandchildren home. They used to end up at my mother’s house as she had vegemite, or what ever the children wanted. Diversity makes for a more interesting society and is to be encouraged, not thwarted. It is just difficult when thinking becomes rigid and not flexible enough to accept others as they are.
We all have that one eccentric relative who always says and does the strangest things. In your family who’s that person and what is it that earned him/her that reputation? Ben Huberman