What I Hate About Family Gatherings

I’m going to start this by saying that I absolutely love my family, with that being, said they get on my nerves just like any other family members. Although I love them and I adore all of them There are still some things that I absolutely hate about family gatherings, and since Easter is coming up I thought that I would share some, because let’s face it they’re kind of funny sometimes.

The first thing I HATE, but totally get is the infamous college and after college questions. They’re the questions like “what are you doing after college?” “where are you going to college?” “what are your plans after high school?” “have you found a job yet?” “Are you going to be working an internship this summer?” All of those types of questions. Part of me does love them because I know that people are curious and that they are genuinely curious, and that’s great, but I swear every family member asks these questions of everyone and it’s so annoying. That and everyone in the age group that has to deal with these questions knows before they even get to the event that they’re going to get all of these questions and are already hate the questions.

Like the other day I was talking with one of my cousins and both of us knew that these questions were in our future, so we decided to hope that the upcoming weddings in our families take the spotlight. Since we know that won’t work we’re going to point all of our family members towards our third cousin that’s graduating this year, insisting that he has better plans than both of us combined. (Side note, we don’t know what our third cousin is up to. He just wasn’t part of the conversation so we decided he could deal with it.)

The next thing that I hate is just being in that awkward stage where you don’t fit in with the adults, but you’re too old for the kids. Like Park of me doesn’t really care, but the other part of me wonders what I’m supposed to do because I don’t know anything about Disney Channel, but I can’t afford to go travel cool places or know what you’re talking about when it comes to politics. So this makes me sit on the couch playing on my phone and being anti-social and rude, which will get commented on. The only thing that I can do to solve this is grab any of my cousins who are in college or late high school and talk with them in hopes that no real adult will come talk to us because I don’t know what I’m doing.

I’m also not sure about anyone else, but if you come from a big family like my dad’s side, you will meet at new family member at every family event. I’m not talking about the little babies, because guess what I know all those babies and gave you a gift, I’m talking about adults that you didn’t know existed but are apparently my cousin. I’ve actually gotten to the point of OK, welcome to the family, and I don’t question it I walk away and find my second cousins that I grew up with so that I actually know people and know what they’re up to so I can actually talk with them.

I do love all my family and I do like to see them. I’m just an introvert, so hanging out with everyone in smaller groups with no one asking me about my plan for the future, because let’s face it I can’t even stick to or create a real meal plan that doesn’t involve McDonalds.

If you can relate to any of this let me know in the comments. If you’re a family member of mine and you’ve made it this far, please ask me how work is going and not about what I’m doing come May 15th. Please?

See you soon,

~Amanda

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