HAIL ODDFELLOW

Cousin It — We all have that one eccentric relative who always says and does the strangest things. In your family, who’s that person, and what is it that earned him/her that reputation?


We live in “anything goes” times. Who is eccentric versus who is normal is entirely a matter of taste and opinion.

Time has thinned the herd of my family so there are few cousins from whom to choose, weird or otherwise. At least ones I know personally. There are a bunch of second and third cousins I have never met except on Facebook, but I don’t think they count.

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Maybe I am the weird cousin. Not because I’m especially unusual, but just because I’ve made choices no one else in my generation made. If I were young now, my choices wouldn’t even be noteworthy.

What is weird? I went to live in another country. I was married and divorced more than twice. In my generation that was “something,” but I doubt it’s anything now.

So. If I am not particularly weird, who is? I know I’ve been somewhat unexpected and perhaps a bit unpredictable, but genuinely eccentric?

What would that mean, really? What would I have to do to stand out from the crowd?

I think being alive is outstanding.

In this generation, normal might be the new unusual. Whatever normal is.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

29 thoughts on “HAIL ODDFELLOW”

      1. We all look around and point the finger at each other about difference (a la Bubble from Ab Fab) but it means nothing because you are right, anything goes. There is no normal, but there are people who sit outside average in different ways.

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    1. All the stuff I did when I was young that was so “eccentric” is NO BIG DEAL now. I think I was just slightly ahead of my time. Besides, what the Hell is NORMAL? If someone can answer that, I’ll be more than alive. I’ll KNOW something!

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    1. I was unique 50 years ago. Today? Not so different. Maybe smarter than the average bear, but that’s not very difficult, especially these days when stupid is high fashion. Hear you’re now a vegan. As long as you don’t make it a cult thing … I have other friends who have converted to vegan — and talk about eccentric, whoa ho!

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      1. I’m against cults of all kinds, dear Marilyn.

        I’m almost vegan but I still enjoy my cream in my coffee and it’s only been about a week so I hardly think I could classify myself vegan yet. I’m giving it a solid whirl though. 🙂

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        1. I’ve thought about it. I have issues with eating animals and always have. But I’ve got so many medical things going on, I just can’t deal with the complexities of vegan-ism right now. Too much in my world and my body is in flux and I cannot manage more, even if it would ultimately be for the good.

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  1. If you were not weird, strange, eccentric or otherwise I am sure we would not have met up on this bloggy path. That is what makes a blogger’s life so interesting. I often heard in the office as an explanation more than a description, she’s english, so there you have it.

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  2. I take great delight in being a statistical anomaly… especially since it requires no effort on my part. 🙂 and I may as well enjoy it, since I can’t change it anyway.

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    1. I think being a writer always makes you feel “different” … maybe because we stand outside and watch the world? But truly eccentric? I bet people who are REALLY eccentric think they are normal.

      I’m not sure what statistics I’m a part of other than my blogging stats. I’m sure I’m part of many sets of stats … but I have no idea who collects them or where I’m positioned.

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      1. I agree 110% that being alive is the big winner. Bigger even than the Red Sox winning another World Series and that’s HUGE in my world. I was always the nice, quiet kid in my family. Yes, you know what they say…

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