The father-in-law side of my dual in-law (lucky me) squad is planning a family gathering thing for next year. Sound like fun? Actually, they're not.
I won't go into a bunch of in-law family dirty laundry, let me just say that most of the time, I find it really hard to believe that this is the family that spawned my husband. I mean, he's a polar opposite of everyone in it. He sort of looks like them, but that's where the comparison ends.
And well, I like him - the husband. So, by default, the in-laws kinda freak me out.
So last night we were sitting around the dinner table and he reads something in the newspaper about some weird people and shares the story with me.
Me: Oh, that reminds me. SMIL (step-mother-in-law) sent an e-mail about the gathering thing. I put it in your e-mail folder.
Mag: Hmmm, so should we just say, "no thanks"?
Me: We could say, "We'll pass".
Mag: Hmmm, "No thanks, we'll pass".
Me: I'm sure it won't end there.
Mag: I don't even know why they invite us. Why do they invite us?
Me: Why, for the group photo of course!
Mag: Oh yeah.
It is kind of sad to find it nauseating to spend a few days with the extended family. We complied for another such gathering about 3 years ago. Then there was the sis-in-law's totally whacky tacky wedding soon afterwards. I don't think I can do it again, not without totally screwing up the group photo.
Hmmm, "No thanks, we'll pass, and here's a PhotoShop tutorial"?