Another Five Reasons Your Papou Likes Your Cousin Rachael Better Than You
Your cousin Rachael isn't a goddamned prude, for one thing. If your Papou (who served during Vietnam, let us not forget) wants to nude sunbathe in the park, well a lot of his buddies never got that chance, because they died. For another, your cousin Rachael never splits hairs about how your Papou was stationed in Fort Meyers, Florida, during Vietnam, and wasn't actually in combat. Your cousin Rachael knows, unlike you, that serving during a time of war--regardless of where you serve--is stressful in ways you can't imagine unless you were there. Which neither you nor your cousin Rachael were, and which she readily acknowledges, much to her credit. Your cousin Rachael doesn't put quotation marks around "Grandpa" Mark, Papou's same-sex partner, 's name on Christmas and Easter cards. Is your Papou wrong in thinking maybe you're a touch homophobic? And can your Papou be blamed for taking it personally? Unlike you, your cousin Rachael has shown willingness, time and again, to listen to Papou's stories about the Stonewall Riots. Even though yes, she's aware there's no physical way he could have been there. Since he was in Fort Meyers, Florida at the time. When you Papou offered to show your cousin Rachael how to french kiss, she didn't make that face you made.