I have a very weird family. We do some very strange things called Mack Family Traditions.
1) Squinty-evil-eye—Mostly done by the male members of my family (although I swear I saw my mother do it once). You scrunch up one eye and stare at someone like a pirate. It means the squinty evil-eye person is kidding or lying or both or something else is going on. It’s kind of like telling a secret joke without saying a word.
2) Musical belching—Definitely only done by the males in my house. I don’t know exactly how it started, but I suspect Granpa (who is the greatest champion musical belcher I have ever heard) has been doing it since he was much younger because he claims it took a lot of practice to get as good as he is today. My father is really good, too. I am just okay…but I am practicing. When I am as old as Granpa, I hope to be able to belch the entire “Happy Birthday” song!
3) The Mack Supreme Court—In our house, if there’s a very difficult or complicated family decision to be made, sometimes we have a sort of trial. One of us is the judge, and the others get to present their cases and argue why they are right. The one rule is that the judge must be total fair, even if it means the decision isn’t what the judge personally wants. I have to admit that when Goon is judge, she almost always plays fair. Almost always…almost.
4) Giving out lots of Halloween candy—This is what makes the Mack house the most popular trick-or-treat location in Gloucester. Granpa told me he spends over $400 for candy each year!
Please tell me if you have any Family Traditions.
[I drew all the pictures on this page! –Georgie Sinkoff]