Holiday Family Gatherings-- Putting the FUN in DysfunctionalMy family is loud, funny, moody, talkative, expressive, exhausting, invigorating, stressful, delightful... I think you get the picture. A mixed bag, that's a blast to open.
We're spread out all over the US--from the Pacific to Mountain to Central to Eastern time zones. Boy, it's a bummer when my dad forgets about that and wakes you up on the only Saturday you have to sleep in all month. :-) But he calls with love.
And that's the big bow keeping our "mixed bag" tied together and looking pretty-- Love.
Through all the comedy film highlight reels of family disagreements or fiascos, the lost child at Disney (don't worry, we found her, getting the ride of her life on a circa 1940's car, driving down Main Street calling out for us on a megaphone), the adolescent attitudes, the aging process and all it's delights ... you name, or write about it, and we've probably experienced it... when push comes to shove, I know my family has my back. They know I've got theirs.
Did you ever see that Disney show called "Even Stephens"? The siblings were at each other's throats more often than not. Yet let one outsider try to pull a punch, and the entire family rallied around each other. Just like mine.
So, are your family get-togethers reminiscent of "Leave It to Beaver", "The Brady Bunch", "Roseanne", or a conglomeration of several?
I'd love to hear about your crazy family, or your normal family (though, who's to say what exactly IS normal?), or what you're looking forward to doing for FUN with your dysfunctional family this holiday season.
I'm thankful for my crazy bunch, and even excited for the 14 hour drive to see them. :-)
What about you?