I once heard author Eleanor Brown give a talk about her book, The Weird Sisters, during which she said that every family has its own language, its own sort of shorthand, for communicating with each other. For the family in The Weird Sisters that shorthand was Shakespeare. Growing up in my family, the language was twofold: part obscure movie and television quotes, and part family lore. Phrases and words and proclamations that have lived on, passed down through generation to generation.
One of our most favorite of the family-lore phrases is the always appropriate, “This year we are going to get organized!”