Pull the Condo

“Pull the condo off the market,”
she said, “ Don’t leave. We’re

like family here.” Really? Family?
Perhaps “like” is the operative

word there. We are like family;
we’re not family, blood family.

Maybe better than blood; we
don’t get in each other’s hair as

much. We’re not irked as much.
We don’t see so much unfavorable

about ourselves in others as we do
with family — the weak chin, the

gaping mouth, the dull stare, the
propensity to make fun of others

and the inability to take a joke
about one’s self. “Lord, I’m not

like that, am I,” he asks him-
self with a shutter. Well, maybe

all those things are there, but
we don’t get involved enough to

see them. We are like family,
but thankfully not so much,

“thankfully” being the operative
word here.

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