Dealing With My In-Laws' (Non) Turkey Traditions
Submitted by AMDMommy
So apparently my in-laws don't celebrate Thanksgiving. My husband just informed me of this bizarre fact moments after I pressed "purchase" on the $800 non-refundable plane tickets I bought to go visit them for—drum roll please—Thanksgiving!
They don't celebrate Thanksgiving. WHAT?? Everyone in America celebrates Thanks-freakin'-giving! It's not like they don't celebrate Christmas or Kwanzaa or something. That I'd be totally fine with; religious freedom and all that. But everyone in the U.S.—Christians, Jews, Hindus, Voodoos—celebrates Thanksgiving. Except, apparently, my in-laws.
Are they kidding me? I'm expected to schlep my kid down to North Carolina on the busiest travel day of the year to go sit and do what? Eat pasta?? No way! I'm not doing it. I'm not lugging a Pack 'n Play, diapers, toys, books, PJs, blankets, a car seat and a stroller 3,000 miles so I can sit in my in-laws' living room and pretend it's not a national holiday while the rest of the country is pigging out on turkey and cranberry sauce. Or do I have to? Is it my wifely duty to participate in my husband's family's tradition of non-tradition? Or can I just revolt and say, "Sure, I'll visit you ... in June!"