The past few months have been weird, family-wise, which is why Neal and I are both glad that we don’t deal with all the family drama twice in just two short months. We only “do” Christmas with one side of the family and Thanksgiving is our time for ourselves. This year, I’m very thankful to have a fairly drama-free life up here, mainly because both sides of both of our families are fairly far away.
Just in the past few months, I’ve had tons of weird and not-so-great changes in my extended family. Neal just learned that his extended family, too, has been subject to weird happenings. Yesterday, while so many others were trying to hold their tongues and stay out of family fights (and many probably failed), we just had a quiet candle-lit Thanksgiving dinner for two. These are the days that I’m thankful for family but also thankful that I’m no longer stuffed in the middle of family dramas every other week.
That said, I’m really not looking forward to being subject to some of the drama in about a month, although I am excited that I’ll be able to see my family, almost all of whom I’ve not seen for almost two years now. I do miss the people, no matter how much drama seems to happen. We need to make it a point to go back at least once a year for an extended visit, I think, since we do see Neal’s family so regularly and mine only about once every two years… *sighs* (I’m going to stop there before it turns into a small rant.)