On a comfortable breezy evening, my mum converses with her sister via Skype exchanging quirky tales
They broach the subject of her lemon tree.
"It's the most peculiar case; it was growing so divinely until, suddenly, it stopped."
Silence. Then the punchline:
"Reminded me of your daughter."
They exchange hoots of laughter Meanwhile, I sit in the corner arms folded, eyebrows knitted unamused
An actual true story. "How rude," I remembered thinking, but ended up smiling anyway. Family --I forgive them so easily. But still, it was a pretty heavy burn; I grew at an exceptional rate in fifth grade and then just... stopped.