I am proud to be president of the Malmberg Cousin Underachiever Club. I earned this title, I believe, because:
- I have the most undergraduate degrees and currently have no job at all (for the sake of argument we will not count the exhausting task of full-time stay at home parenting a “job”).
- I started the club.
We’ve never had an official meeting because that would be achieving something, but I would guess that Cousin Josh comes next as vice president for having the most graduate credits without an actual degree. He’s in graduate school again, so we’ll see. If he comes out with a degree and works at McDonald’s or something (and that would be fine), he will probably be president. If he gets an actual job, we’ll have to kick him out — but again, that would require a meeting or something so he’s probably safe.
Cousin Nate is not in the club and never will be. He is (oh, for the love of Pete) a micro chemist. I was browsing some of his journal articles on line and — now I consider myself to be a fairly sharp cookie — I could not even understand the titles. Permanent black ball status for that one.
In my favorite photo of our great grandmother, she is reclining on a sofa she has made for herself in the woods. There is a large farm to be run, men to feed, our grandma at her feet begging for attention, but Great Grandma is reading the newspaper on this couch.
I love my gene pool.