A few months ago my sister shared a news story with me. It was a clip of her old boyfriend. Apparently he thwarted a subway mugging- it was a small size story in New York.
My first thought was- how odd that my sister comes in from Seattle and this happens with her ex- what a bizarre coincidence. Then I looked at the story date: It had happened six months before.
So I text my sister, wondering how she happened upon this information.
Did you see S while you’re in town?
She responds “No”. E told Mom.
E is our Aunt, who has become somewhat of a selfish jerk (after having been my favorite relative for awhile) and I choose not to see for a variety of reasons. Call it one of the very many dysfunctions that plague our family.
Apparently, our Aunt googles all of our exes.
Apparently, she has info on a bunch of guys that we either married or dated. My sister and I are both divorced from first husbands. As this seemed, let’s just say odd, I called my Mom to ask her about this:
Me: Doesn’t it seem bizarre that E googles our exes?
My Mom: She doesn’t google them.
Me: Then how does she know all this info
My Mom: She reads a lot
Me: She happens to read Washington and Pennsylvania papers where some of the people in question live?
My Mom doesn’t say anything and we close out the conversation.
The next day:
My Mom: So E googles people. She’s just interested in what happened to them. Did your ex husband have Alzheimer’s because he was in a home for that when he died
Me: I know he died. I didn’t research it. She’s not just googling- she’s researching. Is her own life so unfulfilling and pathetic that she needs to look into the gory details of all these things?
My Mom: She was just interested
Me: Sorry. That’s batshit crazy. (and I don’t care that we aren’t supposed to use that word. Sometimes is just fits)
- Is it odd that my Aunt spends her time googling people from ten plus years ago?
- Do you google anyone that would be considered questionable in interest?
- How often do you google people not in the public eye, or for legitimate research?
Inquiring minds want to know: