I am back home after a 48-hour visit to the homeland that included a trip to see family for the annual Lalaland Family Shingding. I did not make it last year, as I did not leave home soon enough, but this time I got to my mom’s, and a few minutes later we left for her family’s place.
And honestly, it was pretty great. I think I enjoyed it more than I ever have. My grandfather is getting older and kind of frail, and he was really glad tos ee me for the first time in two years. He laughed his butt off after I told him No one out there’s good enough” when he queried about my relationship status. He laughed at my jokes, and teared up a couple times. And we got a picture of three generations: me, my mom and him.
My mom claims I was the “life of the party” for my smartass remarks, but I think she’s a bit biased. But I was really glad I went. Honestly, my political beliefs were probably different than anyone else in the house. I was probably the least religious person in the house by the river on Christmas Eve. But everyone was nice as could be. One relative said I was doing good at keeping off the 30 pounds I lost about three years ago (I was also, it should be noted, wearing a black shirt and loose pants, so that probably helped).
And a few days earlier, I sent a package to Florida for my brother. Included was a DVD of the movie Robin Hood: Men in Tights. For whatever reason, my brother and I watched it shortly after it came out and loved it. Even though it’s kind of silly and goofy and not always funny. But he e-mailed me after he got it, typing the “Men in Tights” song. And when Mom and I called him yesterday, my brother and I sang a bit of it together.
And my mom loved what I got her (a Shiatsu heated neck massager) and I loved what she got me (clothes and a dinette set, among other things). And oh, someone else got me the DVD of Mad Men. I am so going to enjoy Jon Hamm.
How did your holidays go? Do you have generally good family, or do you wish some of them would get ran over by a reindeer?