June 3, 2007
Family dinner. The moment of truth, surviving the judgments of others. Jabs, digs, quiet one liners all meant in good fun, of course but still little cuts. But it isn't as bad as expected, mostly sincere questions, a bit of laughing at the jokes I make first to defuse or deflect any attacks. Of course there is one, he makes a quiet approach and, sotto voce, places a traditional order for hot tea with sugar and milk in the vernacular. I ignore it and the others that follow. He just broke up with his girlfriend, we call a truce.