Monday, November 21, 2005

Nobody Tells Me Anything -- Day One: The Justification

Matt here, generally uninformed. Glad you have found me here.
I live with my wife, daughter and soon-to-be-born son in the Deep South, far from my family. We have infrequent visits with the family, each of which ends much too soon, but we try to call enough to make sure that we keep up on the family events. But for all the phone calls, it happens much too often though that I am "the last to know". I have a feeling that I am not the only one out there that suffers from this same dilemma. Here's how it usually goes:

I am talking to my mom the other day and at the end of the conversation she says, "Oh, and by the way, your cousin, Kathy, is pregant. Did I tell you that already?"
"No, Mom. That is definitely news to me. That's great though! Three is a magic number," I answer.
"Oh and one more thing -- Ted died." Ted is my grandmother's former second husband. Long story. Skipping to the end of that story, no one in the family is wrought with grief at Ted's passing. Trust me, it's a long story.
"You're kidding! Mom, when did this happen?" I ask.
"Oh, I don't know, a few weeks ago. I am surprised you hadn't heard...," she trails off.
"MOM! Of course I hadn't heard! Nobody Tells Me Anything!"
"That's funny," my mom says, "when I told your sister, she said the same thing."

And there you have it. The beginning of the blog. It's as good a place to start as any. Let this be the place to go for information that you would not have normally known. Or, if you think that you have a bit of news that I would greatly appreciate catching up on, feel free to let me know.


Annie Ack said...


I would like to inform you that I, Annie, in fact was the last person in the entire extended Ackerman-Fitzpatrick-Peitler family to know the news of Ted's passing. Mom was actually telling me how funny she thought it was when you said "Ted Died?" just like Eileen had said it, when I said "Wait wait wait...Ted died?" So, I guess news travels quicker to Atlanta than it does to Massachusetts.

I am in complete agreeance that Nobody Tells Me Anything as well. I'd like to share a quick story and take you back to April of 2004. It was late at night and for the most part, I had thought it had been an uneventful day. Unbeknownst to me, little Kaylin had been born earlier in the afternoon. As I walked into the dining room at approximately 9pm, Dad goes "Did you see the pictures of your neice yet?" as if someone had filled me in already. What a great way to find out I was an Aunt. So in conclusion, Nobody Tells Me Anything either, even the important stuff.

Love you, happy T-Givs.

Matt said...

I hear ya. Mom told me that story before i read your post. That cracks me up. Poor Ted, huh?

Thanks for posting!

Mo said...

That's ok - I found out you 2 were getting married a while back by getting your invite to the wedding! nobody tells me anything either!
Cousin Mo