Day 4 of 11: Relativity

2 Jul

I just spent the past two days visiting with my gf’s extended family at her maternal grandparent’s home in a town about three hours north of the capital. It was like any family reunion you or I would experience. There were many people from many age groups and categories – aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, twins, brothers, sisters, etc. These two babies were born only two months apart.

The older one displayed across-the-board advantages in speed, dexterity, strength, and accuracy when we raced them against each other.

I was shown a wall of photos of all the members of the family at different stages. Note to self: find out what criteria is needed for my picture to be shown.

Facebook circa 1987

Here’s another interesting fact. Every single person in my gf’s family (on her mother’s side) served at least two years in the navy.

Note to self: find out if I will be required to join the navy. Hope it’s not the Greek one.

The house my girlfriend’s grandparents live in was built over a long weekend (more on this later) in 1985. They have a log book that visitors to the house are required to sign. It was neat to watch gf’s signature change from child (block letters, all caps) to junior child (printing) to advanced child (cursive) to early teenager (cursive with flowers) to angry teenager (basically just a scribble) to angry teenager that is old enough be left unsupervised while the rest of the family vistas grandma and grandpa (no entries for about 3 years) to starving university student who knows where to find a good meal (regular signature).

It was a really interesting book. I found this page from the exact same weekend twenty years earlier.

Canada Day weekend!

After seeing firsthand the family history that was contained within this book, I was honoured when they asked if I would sign it. I was nervous but I think it came out ok. I hope they like it.

I wrote it in pen.

2 Responses to “Day 4 of 11: Relativity”

  1. Joni April 4, 2016 at 08:41 #

    Haha, you’re hilarious, mate! Greetings from Helsinki!

    • Die Hard Three April 4, 2016 at 09:43 #

      Thanks Joni! Finland is one of my favourite countries to visit. From high-quality Hollywood movie directors to players on the Edmonton Oilers, Finland has it all! 😀

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