We were gathered in my parent’s kitchen the day after Thanksgiving.
There were at least four conversations going on around us when my brother-in-law said to me, “I read your blog about the bladder.”
I look up quizzically, “A blog about the bladder?”
Then one of my sisters chimed in, “Oh yeah – you remember – the time we four sisters drove to Minnesota for Uncle Dale’s funeral.”
Then all of my sisters started adding to the story for the benefit of everyone standing in the kitchen.
“Teresa was driving and you had to go to the bathroom and there was no place to stop till we got to Faribault.”
“But there was road construction and all the exits to Fairbault were closed.”
(Seriously – is that even legal to c lose every exit to a city?!”)
“You were so desperate you begged her to stop at the port-a-potty in the median but she wouldn’t.”
“So you had to wait all the way to Owatonna and were so miserable!”
“And Sandy – enjoying your misery way too much starting singing songs about water!”
“There shall be showers of blessing…”
“Some through the waters, some through the flood….”
“Even Winnie the Pooh’s – And the rain, rain came down down down a mighty rushing river…”
(Each new song brought a new round of laughter from my sisters. So cruel!)
“And when we finally got to Owatonna, you ran all the way through McDonald’s to find the ladies room!”
At this point the entire kitchen is laughing.
“But wait” I said, “I never wrote a blog post about that event. I would never put that on my blog – it’s much too embarrassing.”
My brother-in-law stops laughing just long enough to say, “I didn’t say bladder – I said ladder, you know the blog post about the attic stairs.”