instead of the simple little oak tree image we were made to draw in elementary school, the Millennium family trees have got to include some wacky shapes, Umbrellas... Bonsai... shoot... Artificial Silk.
like the bonsai, you can just snip away. pick and choose what who you want. shaping at will--just remember, your roots stay the same no matter how you use the shears.
and of course i love carrie fisher's "inbred family tree" as she diagrams in her show.
if i was a kindergarten teacher, i think it'd be an awesome assignment for the class. first, get all the names of the family. then see how you should connect them. then imagine what kind of plant they look like. maybe yours began as a Pine but then a Dogwood got grafted on. or maybe it looks like something altogether brand new. that's right. awesomeness.
you'd think with all these changes people would have a better understanding of family relationships. maybe i don't mean a "better understanding" but an appreciation for the complicatedness. i wonder if kids do.
i psychoanalyze with the best of them, and i am old enough to not give a shit. i may not go tell my business to the world, but i'll speak straight to my true friends. so live with it, buddy. you psychoanalyze me, and i'll deconstruct you right back. i've got an ivy league degree earned bull shitting with the best of them.
more, i grew up with a pimp-fighting, drug-repurposing social worker.
if i wanted to, i could take you.
on that note, all good Ms. Chow vibes to my sis today