It's the time of the year when people ring each other who they've not seen in ages and go all bubbly with well wishing for the holidays. Or as the case may be, constraining themselves from telling people exactly what they think of them.
David rang his mother yesterday. She's never accepted his sexuality after all these years, but still she's still his mother. So he rings her and is chatting a bit. The conversation is light hearted and he laughs at something she says and he says "No I'm not like the rest of the family" smiling.
She answers him "No you're not. None of the rest of the family will die of AIDS".
What a wonderful time Christmas is......