As you will recall, the Pattersons once took April and Liz on a road-trip out West to visit Marian. As you will also recall, Liz was treated like a selfish and extra-bad person for not being thrilled to death to sit quietly while distant relatives she had never heard of before talk about a time long before her parents ever met. The reason that I mention this is that it reminds me of a peculiar habit John and Elly's generation have. Since John and Elly are typical boomers, they share the same set of faulty and baffling logic:
- I, John Patterson, know of the following relative living in the following area.
- Since I know this, it follows logically that my children magically somehow this person despite my never having mentioned him or her before.
- Therefore if they are reluctant in any way to visit this person when they are in his or her vicinity, they are selfish people who refuse to be gracious.
- Any suggestion that they do NOT know this person is wrong and bad because it suggests that I am an imbecile boomer who believes in magic, telepathy and drawing to an inside straight.