Meet the family: Joy, aged 41, is a Virgo. She’s a career secretary and enjoys ice-skating and John Grisham novels. She’s pathologically afraid of balloons and hates the word “Moist.” She thinks it’s pornographic. Clancy, aged 43, is a Cancer. He’s a tenured professor of English at UW and is, I’m told, very well respected. He’s having an affair with one of his graduate students. And that’s Reggie. She’s ten. She’s not really invisible, but as far as I’m concerned, she may as well be.
Joy: Reggie thought she would teach the gerbil to swim. Clancy: Ohhh, why would you teach a gerbil to swim? Reggie: ‘Cause Mom said that everybody needs to know how to swim. Joy: Okay well yes sweetie, I did say that, but throwing him in the toilet is a rather tough love approach, don’t you think?