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December 24, 2004
It's Christmas Eve and it's different. Grandma's house was quiet, devoid of the constant chatter of my cousin Owen. He's 25 and quick to loudly assert his opinions on everything from politics to pornos.
He decided not to come this year.
He's trying to cut ties with this side of the family.
It's my grandparents' fault: whenever he's here they criticize and scrutinize everything about his life. He dropped out of college, moved from his home in New Jersey to New York City to take acting classes. My grandparents meddle and make him feel like a nothing and a failure.