many of you are most likely eager about the coming thanksgiving celebration this week right? well, egads, i'm not.
to say my family is dysfunctional is a surpreme understatement. i don't hate my family (any more) but i would not say i'm looking forward to spending time with them.
let me break it down for you:
my dad will sit in the den all day either watching tv or playing video games. he's 60 and has more video games than blockbuster. he will occassionally stroll into the hub of the activity, which will be the kitchen/dining room. he will not really engage anyone in conversation. he will not really interact with any of his six grandchildren. at this point in life my kids don't pay him much attention anyway.
my mom will don her rose-colored glasses, her i'm-a-marytr-apron and of course the i'm-a-wonderful-grandma hat and try painfully to pretend that we're the waltons. though it was her idea to have thanksgiving at her house, she will be tired (she's always tired) from all of the cooking. she will have crayons and coloring books for the kids (to show how much she showers them with love) and a craft for them to do (despite the fact that of the six kids my girl is pretty much the only one who likes doing crafts).
my sister and her husband will be there with my sister's two kids. my sister and mother haven't been getting a long lately (because now that my sister is married she is trying to break away from my mom) so this might have the potential of turning in to an event. my sister's husband, if he follows true to form, will nod a few times and not speak a word. my sister SWEARS he can speak english, but aside from yes and no i haven't heard proof. it's incredibly hard to get to know someone who does not speak.
my brother and SIL have the fortune of having thanksgiving lunch at her folk's house and will join our little soiree at some point. they are the only part of my family that i truly enjoy being around. until they arrive the day will be craptastic for the most part.
the hubs will actually be the glue on this day. despite the fact that he likes being around my family even less than i do, he will drive the conversation, well, he acts like he's driving the conversation but really he instigates shit and provides entertainment. he's a good instigator.
my grandma won't be there, choosing instead to celebrate w/ my aunt and uncle and their kids. i don't blame her actually. hell, we've tried to get invited to my SIL's parent's house.
so, ours will not be a butterball turkey commercial thanksgiving. it never has been. thankfully there will be turkey and pie and sweet potatoes. otherwise, i think i'd call in sick.
are you looking forward to turkey day? is it a festive, fun-filled family event for you?