We all follow the hostess in single file to the table. I notice that besides my family of four, there are two other couples, each with one child. I also notice that the mothers are carrying large trash bags of wrapped gifts. I knew that my family and I were in for a celebration of some sort. I don't know if it's that I'm in the mental health field or just my curious nature but I knew right away this was going to be very fun to observe and be a part of. We hadn't even sat down yet when one of the men at the table introduced my family (twin sister Laura, my nephew Jacob and my niece Ellie)to his wife and daughter and his couple friends and their son. I love meeting new people but this introduction seemed so odd to me. After introductions, we all sat down and Laura and I just enjoyed the crazy ride. I felt like I was watching a Hilarious skit from Saturday Night Live except these people were not acting, they were just being themselves. I figured out that this couple was doing their holdiay gift exchange and that's why all the gifts. I also surmised that one couple was from out of town. I felt sad for the mom that had a tired daughter that wouldn't stop crying. Oh, how I remember those days with Laura's kids when they were a little younger and missed a nap or were overtired. I wanted to tell her that I knew how frazzled she was feeling, especially when her husband asked her to take videos of their daughter opening gifts. The problem with this request was that she was trying to eat dinner before it got cold, She was helping her daughter dig for gifts and She was trying to carry on a conversation with her girlfriend that was sitting next to her but still try to carry herself like she wasn't ready to have a breakdown. What got my family and I through the chaotic meal was simple. They were interesting and a little on the eccentric side. It made us feel like maybe we weren't so alone after all. Maybe all families are a little nuts! Oh, and a couple side notes:
- The frazzled mommy sounded just like Bette Midler and looked a little like her too.
- When my family and I finished dinner, I whispered to the server, "check right away please, if you know what I mean"? He whispered back, "Oh, I know what you mean"!