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Meaningless drama

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I love visiting my family, but every time I visit we have some sort of overblown family drama over something laughably trivial. Today my Mom and brother got into a shouting match over ... his tv being too loud. And then my sister stepped in to shout at our brother. Yes, my brother is pushing 50. Yes, my mother knows that he likes to crank things up in his own home. Yes, my sister knows that our brother wasn't going to listen to her. And no, there was no way anyone was giving an inch, even over something so inconsequential.

Eventually things calmed down and we were able to get some family pictures taken at my brother's house. And we were able to have a calm dinner together afterward at my Mom's house. I cooked two big dishes of veggies, cut up two large crabs and cooked them in a chili sauce, and my sister steamed a fresh fish. So much yum, and such a pleasant meal that it was hard to believe that a few hours earlier most of the family was screaming at each other.

Family and holidays - an irresistible recipe for silliness!
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    Well, you have a great attitude about this, Bemused. I'm imagining that out of all the witnesses and participants to this meaningless drama, it was you who contributed most to the ensuing peace!

    I was just laughing with my daughters yesterday about how in my childhood I would often be left alone with my father at the dinner table after everyone else had thrown down their forks and stormed away to the back of the house. Food was the most important thing in my life, and I wasn't going to let all the others' tantrums get in the way of my dinner! To my daughters, I said that all I remember thinking when almost the whole family had disappeared was "I just want to EAT! Why can't they all just behave themselves because I just want to EAT!"

    I'm so glad you were able to reestablish peace and have a pleasant meal. This all could have ended in big silence, but you all came together again. Happy ending!
    1945 days ago
    What's he doing watching tv anyway when he should be spending time with the family! J/K

    I guess that's an argument for another time. LOL!
    1946 days ago
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    When you have to scream to be heard the TV is too loud....LOL Next time take someone out of the room with you, and then whisper. Throw in a few hardy laughs and woo whos and more whispering and see if anyone notices how quiet you are. :)
    1946 days ago
    Sorry the day started out with a disagreement, but glad that everyone had fun in the end. Your meal sounds very healthy and fresh. Hope the rest of your visit goes well. emoticon
    1946 days ago
    Isn't that the truth.. glad all went well.
    1946 days ago
    I'm glad that everything turned out well ! emoticon
    1946 days ago
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