I'm going to have to insert a quick who's who here because the following makes no sense otherwise! Here's a list of Mr E Man's siblings, in chronological order, with their spousoids on the right:
BIL2 (lives overseas) ---Girlfriend we haven't met yet
Mr E Man (the baby!) ---Me
There's a 10 year gap between BIL1 and Mr E Man.
HNG was meeting SIL1 for the first time, and they both instantly said they recognised each other. They still haven't figured out how, but no-one was really surprised, given all the other family connections:
- BIL1 knew Husband1 before SIL1 ever met him.
- Mr E Man and I knew HNG before she ever met BIL1.
- I knew BIL2 before I ever met Mr E Man.
The names are another thing entirely. SIL1 has the same name as me, and SIL2 has the same name as my sister. Husband1 has the same name as my Dad, and Mr E Man shares his name with one of my uncles. The wedding was very confusing.
Living as I do so many thousands of miles from my own parents and sister, I'm very happy to have found myself a whole new Canadian family.
Darwinian gardening techniques on my other blog...
*BIL2 and his friends are known pranksters. The first time my friend and I met them, they said they were lawyers. The second time, they said they were carpet cleaners and that they'd only said they were lawyers the first time to impress us. We asked them how to get stains out of white carpets and they bluffed their way through it pretty well, considering that they are in fact lawyers. So when BIL2 told us at one party that he was moving to Kosovo the next day, we totally didn't believe him. We took the piss mercilessly: "hey baby, I'm shipping out to Kosovo in the morning" in a fake sexy accent and all that. We were quite embarrassed when we found out he actually was in Kosovo, working with the UN.