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than a seal, actually,” she continues. “I
“More like, ‘I’m not driving you if
think our family deserves a whole coat
of arms, the kind that has a war cry
inscribed across the top.”
“Go Bills!” brother William suggests.
you miss the bus!’” my nephew offers.
“This is hardly appropriate family
fare,” Mom says.
I study her for a second. “Is that your
“The house who?” my mother asks.
“Targaryen. That was the queen with
the white hair and the dragons,” she
explains. “We should have a seal. Our
family’s survived long winter nights
that seem to last a generation. And,
no offense Uncle Eric, but you aren’t
always the loudest; we all are and we
are all kind of bossy, too, and, most
important, we stick together. So more
Style/Coats of arms
BY CATHERINE BERLIN
Below: coats by Wanda Nylon; right: Hudson Bay blanket, Nina Ricci trenchcoat
Our annual family reunion festivities are ceremoniously
interrupted. Robert, the eldest brother in the clan, stands up,
clears his throat, hoists his wine glass and proclaims, “It is
time. It is time to binge watch the first three episodes of the
seventh season of Game of Thrones. It is time because I said
so.” He doesn’t have to order us around. All but one of us is
onboard with the suggestion, anyway.
The only newcomer to the show is my mother, who,
after each slaying scene, is heard muttering in small-font-sized
letters, “I just don’t … oh, this is gross.”
“It gets better, Mom,” we take turns lying. As the
screen fades to black for the third and final time, my niece
stands up in front of the TV and says, “Every family should
have a seal.” She pauses. “The queen of the House Targaryen
has a three-headed dragon as hers, so I thought...”