Thanksgiving Tradition

Thanksgiving is over.  It was a typical Thanksgiving with lots of food, family stories and loud arguments.  That’s the tradition with my family.  We just can’t seem to get through a single holiday without some offense or insult.  This year the argument was funnier than usual.  My sister’s mother-in-law for the first time in the 20 years that I’ve know her had a drink and a large martini at that.  She is a woman who has her ways but is usually reasonably congenial.  The argument wasn’t even directed in the right place which made it funny to me and my nephews.

My brother-in-law has a large family.   There are many first cousins and every year at Christmas they split up the duties and arrange a get together.  This year they are gathering at my sister’s house although she did not send out the invites.  It seems my brother-in-law’s sister was not invited.  Whether it was an oversight or not is still undetermined, but no one at the house for Thanksgiving was even remotely responsible for the invitations sent or unsent.  Boy, this lady was mad that her daughter was not included.  I don’t blame her but she wasMAD.

I don’t understand why people get so mad for someone else.  No offense was made to this woman but she was mad.  I’m willing to bet that her daughter wasn’t even that mad.   It was obviously just an oversight.  Easily she could have called her brother or my sister and asked about the party.  She certainly would be welcome.  Instead her mother spent a lot of energy getting angry and yelling at her son and daughter-in-law.  Don’t get me wrong, it made for a good laugh for the few of us who can appreciate the absurd.  I guess for that laugh I can give thanks and wonder what kind of tension Christmas will bring.

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