Friday, March 21, 2008

Family and the holidays

Ugh. I remember once upon a time that I used to love family holidays. I really did.

Then I wised up, became an adult and realized what a crazy situation it really is.
I used to always wonder what people meant when they said they would stay drunk through a family holiday. I LOVED my family. Why on earth would I want to be drunk? Remember folks this is when I was young and had not disovered liquor for myself.
Ha. Now I know. Slowly over the years my mother has gone crazy. Who knows maybe she always has been crazy and I never noticed it.
But between the hormones from menopause and my wising up to her, I know why people say they will remain drunk over the holidays.
So this weekend is Easter. Fairly simple holiday really. Not a lot of gifts to give and most people make a nice spring meal that includes a ham or pork tenderloin or what not.

It SHOULD be simple, right?

Ha, welcome to my hood.
NOTHING is simple with my family. Every holiday has to be SO CRAMMED with stuff that it is nearly impossible to enjoy.
So now, Easter has turned into hell week. My mother has an event planned for every waking moment.
Now most of you reading this are confused. Why would I think my mother is trying to ruin the holiday by planning family activities?

Well you don't know my mother.

Everything has to be just so. And if the woman isn't worked to the bone she complains. Hell she always complains. Right now I keep hearing HOW TIRED she is.
Well I tell her it's your own fault. We tell her every year to RELAX, take it easy.
She never does. So she is famous for planning out these ridiculous weekends and then getting drunk and the rest of us pick up the slack. Super fun it is.

So now as prepare to endure a holiday with my menopausal mother, remember when you are in church to pray for what is SUPPOSSED to matter this holiday - say a little prayer for me and the vokda I will be downing to make it through.

You think this is bad you should see Christmas. Oye.


Hyphen Mama said...

My in-laws are the same way. I usually need to be really drunk to stand a holiday weekend with them. My family is a bit better, at least I can tell them to knock it off.

Lori said...

well just be glad there are more days that are not holidays than there are days that are!

hope your weekend is uneventful!

Anonymous said...

Your mom sounds very similar to mine . . . up almost all night Christmas Eve wrapping presents, and then complaining all day the next day about how tired she is, or how this didn't get done, or that isn't the way she wanted it. I actually reminded her last year that the kids really didn't give a crap - they were thrilled with the bows and paper, and didn't eat a bite of Christmas dinner because they wanted to play.

Then there is my mother-in-law . . . Patron Saint of the Random - holiday meals at her house includes a random assortment of family, as well as a large handful of people that no one has ever met before (one year it was the entire family of a woman who had taken care of Grandma for a couple of months.)

Hope the weekend goes quickly and the vodka goes down smoothly!

Law Student Hot Mama said...

I drink heavily for each and every holiday. And really, we're ALL happier if I can drink during the holidays. Cheers to you!

LaskiGal said...

Your hood and my hood could be located in the same place . . .

The good news. I was unable to make our family gathering for Easter this year. So, so sorry. So, for the first time in years--a stress-free, drama-less holiday. I don't think I'll know what to do with myself.

I hope it goes well. I'll be thinking of you and hoping you survive--unscathed.

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

I know it's not possible, but it sure sounds like your mother and my mother-in-law are the exact same person.

Motherhood for Dummies said...

Yea...inlaws are interesting. Use to love haning out with them till we had our daughter and now we are both continually informed on what we need to to and what we are doing wrong. And you wonder why we moved as far as Alaska?

Keri said...

ahhhh.. i feel for ya honey..
We are usually away somewhere for Easter, like Newport... but we got caught home this year. So i decided to do a relaxed late lunch on Saturday giving us all of Sunday for just the 4 of us...
MIL had other plans... frozen shrimp DOUBLE dipped by her chubby paws on saturday and guilting us into Easter brunch at a crowded dive of a restaurant...
Crap, they didn't even serve alcohol! Let's just say my toddler peeing on me during brunch was the highlight and also the blessed exit cue.