Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving: A Retrospective.

I hope y’all had a happy Thanksgiving. I’ve been mulling over just how to describe my holiday … there were so many nuances.

On 1 hand, it wasn’t bad. We spent 2 days with My Guy’s family. There was plentiful food and a scavenger hunt.

On the other hand, we spent 2 days with My Guy’s family. An intervention was planned, and I surreptitiously drank wine out of a coffee cup.

Yep. That about covers it.

I had fun antiquing with my MIL, and I scored a Griswold mailbox for the hopefully soon time we rip the rotted lean-to off the front of our house and have an actual front porch. My 9-month-old nephew is a happy baby and such a charmer. When I kept refilling my coffee cup with wine, no one commented, and I have to say that Riesling is an easy-drinkin’ accompaniment to any family gathering.

My FIL was more than an hour late. His almost 40-year-old son sat next to the door, visibly hurt. “I’m afraid if he gets here and the door is shut, he’ll have an excuse to just turn around and leave. I called and left messages. I don’t know where he is.”

My heart crumbled. The best I could manage was a “Good Will Hunting”-esque, “It’s not your fault.”

My MIL told me in confidence that she worries to this day that her kids might be mad at her for divorcing their dad because it allows his crazy to flow free. Again, my best response was, “It’s not your fault.” Thank you, Robin Williams.

I guess this is what it’s like to get more ensconced in a family.

And being more ensconced means that I also did not ask who the hell thinks they can have Thanksgiving without stuffing. Even though I wanted to.

Seriously. Who the hell thinks Thanksgiving is complete without stuffing? What the hell sort of low-carb family did I marry into?

6 comments:

smalltownme said...

No stuffing? NO STUFFING? That's not right!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

wine in the coffee cup...good move :) as far as stuffing? in our anarcho-punk vegan household you would not have found any either :)

jenn said...

Crazy in laws I can manage, but no stuffing...? Speechless.

Kelley said...

Thanksgiving without stuffing?! That's just Sunday dinner on a Thursday.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

But there was wine. The stuffing? It's not your fault.

Banjo Unfabulousness said...

Dude, wine in the coffee cup is the way to go. That the ONLY reason I was able to suffer through yet another awkward holiday my my other half's family. And no stuffing? That is just weird.