My family is odd.
To. Say. The. Least.
I learned this the first time I spent time alone with other families. Everyone's weird, don't get me wrong. But we are odd, us Spotswoods.
My brother Alex is home from Ireland, and my mother still in New York. Dad invited us over tonight so he could make some new pasta from one of his cooking magazines and Alex could regale us with his trip to the Emerald Isle.
Over dinner, the three of us got into a heated debate over the Lincoln Assassination conspirators. And when I say heated, I don't mean, "Are you sure about that fact, father?" I mean screaming, yelling, animated hand waving, "I bet you my car I'm right, dilettante!" kind of discussion. The windows in the dining room actually fogged over.
We weren't discussing Abraham Lincoln. We weren't discussing John Wilkes Booth. We were discussing the hotbed of 143 year old controversy surrounding the four conspirators hanged for plotting to kill the President, Vice President and Secretary of State in 1865.
Some families discuss Iraq. Some discuss their day. Some actively recount the weather.
At our house, I was ready to throw a chicken bone at my father for suggesting that Dr. Samuel Mudd was hanged for helping mend Booth's broken leg. We ALL know he was merely sent to prison 70 miles off Key West during the yellow fever epidemic. Come ON! Who ARE you?!?! Are we in bizarro world? Is everyone retarded?
You can imagine our delight (and when I say delight, I'm talking high-fives, hugs, tears) in discovering that 'my name is Mudd' (oh yeah, that's where it comes from) has a website!
Anyway, once on the internet, I pointed out to Alex that I found one of the conspirators kinda, well...hot.
He can't let this go, going so far as announcing to my mother on the phone, "Oh yeah, mom. Beth thinks one of them is cute. Jesus Christ..."
Blame it on my unique ability to apply present day sensibilities to history. Big deal. I'm keeping it real.
So I ask you fine people, is Lewis Paine, the only executed conspirator whose body was not claimed by family (awwww) attractive?
You tell me...