Monday, November 15, 2010

Family Matters

"Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts." -Anonymous

Family is a funny thing. You can't live with them, can't live without them, but you still love them unconditionally. The first relationships we build are with family members, which sets the precedent for future relationships. Most people wince at the thought of holiday season, simply because of the painstaking events that ensue as a result of family gatherings.

I recently had the opportunity to spend the weekend with someone else's parents which can be a challenge. Your parents are your own and for the most part, you've become used to them by now. As for someone else's parents, things become more daunting because you're not quite sure how to react. I guess you just gotta take it with a grain of salt or like a Russ Meyer film. Here are some great quotes I overheard this past weekend. Names have been changed to protect the not so innocent.

"Rusty, who are these girls? Are they hookers?" -Rusty's mom
(as she lurks his Facebook page)

"That place sucks." -Rusty
"Rusty, you're a grown-up now. We use different words." -Rusty's dad
"Sorry, that place blows." -Rusty

"Dad told me not to let you buy anything." -Rusty
"Rusty, no one has any control over me." -Rusty's mom the shopaholic

"If we would've brought our dogs, people would be crowding around us like celebrities. It happens all the time." -Rusty's dog obsessed mom

"Did you watch MAMA MIA?" -Rusty's mom

Personal Favorite:
"Rusty, you have time to go to the bar but you don't have time to call your mother."
(as posted on Rusty's Facebook wall by his mother)

I've come to realize everyone's family is a little embarrassing at times. That's what makes us appreciate our own independence, and appreciate the time we have with them. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season wherever you go and maybe you can share some of your own family quotes.

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family ... in another city." -George Burns