with Avi Spivack
Hi, I'm Avi, and I try to put the work and the dad together, with mild success. This is all about trying to give you a view from what it looks like on the dad-man's side of the world, and I hope you find my ruminations humorous because I try not to take myself too seriously.
Let the holidays begin!
Yeah, yeah, I know this is SUCH an overused topic, but it is oh so relevant, so, cmon, entertain me for a few hundred words, won’t you?
I almost wrote this same post on the eve before Thanksgiving, when it was unclear how my family (and some of their friends) and my wife’s family (and some of their friends) would somehow be able to mingle successfully for roughly 4-5 hours on the most American of Turkey Days.
I feared the worst (though I tend to be an optimist).
Not that I expected a raucous food fight or a shouting match, but you never know when BOTH families come together with a lot of wine and pumpkin-based dishes.
So…how did it go?
Shockingly smooth, a wonderful time had by all, free from (major) controversy. And that’s about all you can ask for, right?
Great piece in the NY Times about how family gatherings can tend to bring out the worst in people - the criticism, the cajoling, the inappropriate humor (we all have one of those uncles, don’t we?), so somehow, I thought my blood pressure (and especially my wife’s) would be skyrocketing…
Just goes to show you that you should always THINK POSITIVE.
And try to do as little travel around the holidays as possible.
What did you do this Turkey Day and did you mingle your families?
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