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CoH Sims: Happy Holidays, Part 2

Okay, one more CoH Sims holiday card. Except it's not as professional as the last one. ;D

To be honest, Teff's stance could be seen as a harbinger. ^_^

These pix are from when Teff was a teenager. This is about as dressy as his family probably ever got, and they cleaned up the living room and chased the dogs outside. :) Teff might've had shorter hair at this point, but I decided to leave it long.

The two younger boys are Ryan and Josh, Teff's half-brothers. They're not twins, but Sims doesn't show age differences on kids a few "years" apart. :) Ryan's the one sitting down.

Teff's mom Vivian remarried, to Walter Teflin, when Teff was around two or three years old. Right now she's probably saying "I should fix up my hair, braids aren't right for a family photo!" :) Walter, Teff's stepdad, looks a lot like General Buzz Grunt, but that's just a coincidence - same haircut. ^_^

Anyway, probably because of all the testosterone in this room, the family just wouldn't settle down for a picture! :D But hey, it's some rambunctious boys and loving parents, so it's all fine.

So, Happy Holidays from the Teflins! :D



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Dec. 24th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Awww - they all look so happy! :D
Dec. 24th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D Teff actually did have a happy childhood and not too bad a teenhood, up until certain events, and he always got along well with his family. I really wanted the dogs in the picture, but they just don't cooperate! XD
Dec. 26th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Aw, I missed this before. They do look happy!
Dec. 26th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
Teff was pretty happy with his home life, for most of his life there. :)
Dec. 28th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
Aw, cutie Teff. So sweet and innocent...

I notice the menorah in the second picture. Is one side of the family Jewish?
Dec. 28th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
I notice the menorah in the second picture. Is one side of the family Jewish?

I wondered if anyone would pick up on that! ^_^ Yes, someone in the family is Jewish.
Dec. 28th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing Vivian? That guess is based mostly on Teff's real name, which is more biblical, whereas Walter, Ryan, and Josh are more secular names which says to me that she might have relaxed her a bit with naming the boys (or Walter named them) once she married outside the faith.
Dec. 28th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
Very good! ^_^ Though there's some evidence that Vivian either converted to some form of Christianity, or just started hanging around with enough Christian friends that she went to, and was accepted at, Christian group functions. (When Teff returns to his family after being in Paragon, Walter mentions that Vivian is away with her "church group" when they first arrive home.)

This does mean that Teff is Jewish on his mother's side. But as we've seen, he doesn't appear to be religious at all, at least outwardly, so it's a safe bet that he doesn't officially follow any faith. Also, Teff doesn't remember his birth father's name, since it was a long time ago and it wasn't important to him when he was little. Teff didn't know Walter wasn't his real dad for many years; Walter adopted Teff as his and Vivian's son and raised him as his own.

Oh, and with names, Joshua is Biblical too... the battle of Jericho being the most associated with Joshua. ^_^ "Josh" is something of a compromise name, it sounds fairly secular. But yes, Ryan is a purely secular name, and probably was Walter's choice.

(Whew! More than you probably ever wanted to know! ;)
Dec. 28th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know that Joshua is a Biblical figure. ^_^ But since you never referred to him as Joshua (that I recall), only as Josh, I took it as being secular.

Don't know if I've mentioned this, and it's completely beside the point anyway, but one of my younger brothers is named Ryan. ^_^
Dec. 29th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
I have such a huge extended family that almost any common name can be found in it. ^_^ The names Brent, Josh, Ryan, and Walter all come from my extended family, for instance. I'm trying not to use *too* many of my family's names, though, 'cause that would get weird after a while. ;D
Dec. 28th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I forgot to say, but was meaning too - I love hearing all the background stories and the little details. It's what really makes your characters come alive, that you've worked out all these things. And I'll admit I especially like hearing all the details about Teff in particular, since you know he's my favorite. ^_^ But, it was very neat getting more about the Jeffries family and the picture of them as well, and having the chance to find out a little more about Ray's background.
Dec. 29th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! :) I love coming up with all this stuff, but most of it won't be revealed unless the characters have an actual reason to talk about it. For instance, since Guy isn't religious at all, he's never asked Teff about the latter's religious background, so Guy probably doesn't even know about Teff being "part Jewish". Or, alternately, Ramon is just now wondering why they never saw much of the grandparents while growing up, which is another story unto itself, but maybe he'll ask Ray about it sometime.

Teff and Ray both have extremely developed backstories; they've been very interesting to work on. Some of the others, I just never got around to, like Terecito for example. ^^;;
Dec. 30th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
Wow. I just love the picture of the family and your conversation with iceraptoress answered my questions that I had. ^_^

I do have to commment, yet again, on Guy's cluelessness of Teff's background. I guess I'm just more curious then he is and would like to know a lot more of my spouse...
Dec. 30th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
Well, to be honest, since Teff doesn't really practice any faith, and he grew up in a mixed-faith household, he's fine celebrating whatever Guy wants to celebrate. If Guy wants to put up a Christmas tree and tinsel, for example, then Teff will go along with it. Because of that, and because Teff doesn't have any overt "I'm Jewish!" signs (in speech or anything else he does/wears), it probably never even occurred to Guy that Teff isn't a WASP. Teff, for his part, didn't see a need to say anything. Yeah, back to communication issues again. ^_^ Remember, they had a civil ceremony, so it wouldn't have come up there, either.

On the other hand, we haven't yet gotten to the "older Marlins" house yet in CoH Season 2, so maybe things have changed! ^_~

Also: remember in college, when Ripp was prancing about without a stitch on? And at one point, Aaron said "I, ah, see you're Jewish?". There's a hint that Aaron, at least, might have known something of his pop's family history. ^_^
Dec. 30th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
On the other hand, we haven't yet gotten to the "older Marlins" house yet in CoH Season 2, so maybe things have changed! ^_~

Ooo I hope so. ^_^ I love how the family develops and grows not just with additions.

I remember that comment, but I also took it as many people now Jewish or not tend to have their boys circumcised now-a-days. But I like tthat Aaron would know about his pop's family history more, or Joe for that matter. He would be the one I can see asking a lot of questions since he looked up to Teff SO much.
Dec. 30th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
Joe knows a lot more than Aaron, yes. ^_^ Besides, Joe and Teff would go off hunting together, whereas Aaron was never into that kind of thing; Aaron was more Guy's son, if you get my drift. ;)
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