Bruce: How is (or was) your relationship with your parents? We’re pretty close, thankfully, since I still live at home. My parents had me kind of late in life when they had mellowed out a lot, so it’s like the normal youngest child gets it easy and then some. They’re pretty chill about like…everything. I never really got in trouble over anything, even as little kid. When I was in high school, my mom and I did have fights for a while, because my mom was very passive-aggressive, and I couldn’t tell when something upset her until she finally blew up about it months later, which left me confused bc she never said anything before. Buuut since I got older, I’ve gotten much better at reading her, and now we almost never fight. Actually, we’re pretty similar in terms of mental health and forgetfulness, so we commiserate a lot over stuff. I find myself unconsciously mirroring stuff she does a lot.
My dad’s really good at giving advice too, so I go to him with problems a lot. He always made sure I was thinking for myself and not just blindly accepting whatever I was told (particularly in regard to politics, since I went to an extremely conservative school). He’s super generous too…like to a ridiculous amount. He buys me a lot of stuff, even when I tell him not to. I’m also spoiled in that my parents, especially my dad, actually really enjoy doing cleaning and laundry (I know, I know), so I never really have to do any chores. They’re also really indulgent and encourage my hobbies, whether it be anime or Shakespeare. We’re really casual and open; our fatal flaw as a family is that we’re all so laidback it’s very hard for anyone to decide something ( ‘idk what do you want’ is out house motto).
Cass: Can you read people/body language well? Not so much when I was younger, but I think I’m pretty good at it now, particularly if I know the person. My admitted blindspot is in regards to people’s sexuality… my internal gaydar is broken. Though in some ways this has helped me. Knowing I was off a lot on the time in this regard, I learned a long time ago just to never assume you knew someone’s orientation.
Harper: Got any siblings? What are they like? I have two big sisters, who are both a lot older than me. The oldest one, Kristin, is an English teacher in Arizona, which means she and I usually can take books pretty often. She’s very confident and self-assured, which makes her bossy a lot of the time, but she also is good at helping you stand up for yourself. Kristin’s also very skilled in applying make-up and nail polish, so she helps me out in those areas too. She looooves David Bowie, indie rock, and, most of all, concerts–she goes to like twenty annually. How she is not deaf is beyond me. Kristin comes for a month in the summer to escape the desert heat, and she’s usually here for most big holidays.
My other sister is Emily, who is a missionary in Australia. She’s married and has two kids, Oliver and Esther. Emily’s kind of a hipster, though she’s grown out of it some in the past few years (her husband not as much). She used to do some dancing and singing programs with kids in the area, but since Oliver was born she had to pretty much become a stay at home mom; my nephew Oliver has Dravet syndrome which gives him intense and regular seizures, meaning he has to be closely supervised at all times. I haven’t been able to see her very much for the past few years because of this, but I really admire her dedication to her family. She’s given up a lot for them.