The family - that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to. ~Dodie Smith
Tomorrow is turkey day. A day of gathering with family. I've heard a lot of talk shows discussing the best way to navigate these functions. The rules I remember go something like this:
1. Thanksgiving is not the time to drop any bombshells. Save your horrible news for a different day.
2. Help with the clean up. The host has spent hours cleaning their house and cooking the food, the least you can do is help with the dishes.
3. Stay away from controversial subjects at the dinner table. This includes politics, religion, and personal information that is none of your business.
4. Do not talk about the diet you're on. Do not talk about the diet that anyone is on. Food is a huge part of the day. Eat what you're going to eat, but there's no need to explain the detailed reasoning behind your choices.
5. Put your phone away. Have some face to face conversation instead.
6. When all else fails, suck it up. Put on your happy face whether you feel like it or not. Fake it until you make it.
I'm fortunate that I don't have a family that I have problems with. I enjoy all of them. I'm still very lucky to have one set of grandparents to enjoy the holiday with, along with my parents, my siblings and their families, aunts, uncles, and cousins. There are a lot of us. A lot. We have fun together. We laugh a lot. Most everyone plays nicely together.
I know how lucky am that this is the case. And I am thankful for it.
Family life is a bit like a runny peach pie - not perfect but who's complaining? ~Robert Brault