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Old 21-11-2012, 00:56   #1
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Thanksgiving With Family

Many of us will be celebrating the holidays with family and friends. It can be a festive time. It can also be a time of great burdens on people.

My wife is about 50/50 on and off, communication wise with her staunch German parents. My wife, bless her heart, is about as perfect a farm girl as was ever raised. Valedictorian of her class, never in trouble, kind, courteous, yet, somehow the boy they never got, was blamed on Karen.

This year, we planned to bring her folks (79) the Thanksgiving dinner, and warm it up in our motor home parked at a nearby lake, or at their home, their choice. After exchanging a few phone calls, her sister is invited, but my wife has been asked to stay home. He suggested we need to stay busy where we are.

To say the least, my wife is again devastated and hurt. Not the first time. Her only sister, was on the way, when she heard she will be there alone with them. Both daughters are afraid of them. Both daughters live hours away from their parents.

The father said he did not want a dinner, but wanted to get a few chores done around the house by the sister. She got invited home to work.

I contacted a catering service, and I am having a turkey dinner delivered for them. Just because we got uninvited, does not mean we cannot reach out to them with the food we were going to bring. White meat is pretty dry, maybe he will choke. No pun intended.

This post it to the parents out there. I know it is not always easy, but reach down deep, and be nice to all your family on the holidays. Holidays are a time of stress to everyone. Do your best, to make sure your kids know you love them, and they are always welcome for the holidays.
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Old 21-11-2012, 03:41   #2
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Re: Thanksgiving With Family


I would invite the Parents and the Sister to your motorhome - and if the Parents refuse the Sister can still have dinner at your place (she might be happy with the excuse to leave!).......on the otherhand I would be minded to simply say f#ck 'em! - especially as only your in-laws! (even if you need to make right noises to the wife).........Hell, I still have me own mother around here somewhere (small island) who I haven't been in contact with for 25 years!, and that includes at me brothers funeral a few years back.......TBH I can't actually remember the exact why's - but I am sure it was important at the time.........

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Old 22-11-2012, 11:32   #3
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Happy thanksgiving to all our US forumites, two occasions to eat turkey , what a great ideas yum.

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Old 22-11-2012, 19:46   #5
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Re: Thanksgiving With Family

Be thankful you have your wife,health and a nice warm place to enjoy your meal. There are many that don't.
Me I'll be at the courthouse again this year. It seems Thanks giving is a minimum of 6 squad cars and a paddy wagon when the family gets together.
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