What Not to say when your daughter invites her friend to Thanksgiving dinner

IMG_0646.JPG Here’s a Thanksgiving story that’ll make you want to hug your family: Years ago I invited my best friend to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner because, for various reasons, the rest of her family was unavailable. After hanging up the phone my father asked who I was speaking to. I told him who it was and that because she was alone on Thanksgiving, I invited her to our family’s house. My father then flipped-out on me and within his tirade said, “If you ever invite anyone over for another holiday meal I’ll fucking kill you.” I then called her back and uninvited her, telling her I wouldn’t be eating there as well. I left the house and my family of six – none of whom defended me – and went to the movies. To this day two of those siblings are still in-deep with my parents. Two of us escaped. Sometimes “the orphanage” is the better option. In the years since leaving both my parents and my similarly-mannered ex-husband, my Thanksgivings have been the most beautiful I have ever imagined. And I owe it all to me.

2 thoughts on “What Not to say when your daughter invites her friend to Thanksgiving dinner

  1. yay, you 🙂 I’ve also developed a very nice thanksgiving tradition since my divorce and daughter moving too far away…the dog and I head a couple hours upstate for a nice hike (and by hike I mean leisurely stroll through the woods), away from *all* people (even those I LIKE), away from the pressure to cook or eat, away from my normal geographic box…we’re just alone in nature…the long walk and long drive is very relaxing to me. so yeah, yay me, too 🙂

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