Now I get it.Did you ever wonder why there are so many movies about the first time grown children bring their love interest home for the holidays?
I now know the answer. Because it's a MOVIE WORTHY situation.
Whether it's a family who is too crazy for your love interest or a love interest who is too crazy for your family... you're bound to have an adventure like you've not experienced before.
As you may have guessed, today marks the last day of a four day stretch of shoveling copious amounts of food into my face. Andrew and I attended 3 different Thanksgiving dinners with 3 very different families and, wowie, was it an adventure!
All of the dinners consisted of the basics... family, talking, turkey, potatoes, dressing, dessert, etc. And yet all three dinners were SO VERY DIFFERENT.
Dinner #1 with Andrew's family friends was really old-school. It was a big giant extended family dinner with kids and grownups and grandparents. And it all took place in a big old farm house. Then afterwards we all put together a jigsaw puzzle. It was fun and very Brady Bunch.
Dinner #2 with Andrew's family was very educated. Everyone at this much smaller gathering were adults... and a very thoughtful and intelligent adults at that. Conversations drifted from generic "how's it goings" to heated political discussions. I found myself a little intimidated and slightly unworthy of the amount of education in the room, but dinner was still super yummy and it was fun to pipe in every now and then when I had a thought worth spewing out. Andrew sponged the night away by soaking in just how well I could handle his family's thanksgiving.
Dinner #3 with my family. Now I got to be the sponge. Although everyone at my family's Thanksgiving were still adults... we are much more proned to act like children. The weekend started with my brothers and sister-in-law returning from the bar just as Andrew and I were arriving to the house (around 2:30am). It was follwed the next day with much yummy food... icky flatulence... "T.M.I. moments"... and lots of fun and laughter. We also threw in one heated 2 hour conversation debating religious and political issues. And all of that plus some card games was followed by leftovers! It was just what I expected it to be... because our holidays tend to take on generally the same pattern each year. I love our Thanksgiving. And it was fun introducing Andrew to the tradition of Joe and I arguing for extended periods of time about religion and politics.
It was fun and interesting to experience Thanksgiving in 3 very different families. I'm now very excited to find out how Andrew and I will mix them all together to create our own Turkey Day tradition when we have kids.
HOW WAS YOUR TURKEY???!!!!