Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Ch 7 Primo tries to reason with Sly and Doris, with Sly noting that my family, of which Primo has already met my mom, my siblings, several of my aunts and uncles, my grandmother, and many of my cousins, is “not close” – BTW, I have met only one of Primo’s brothers and none of his extended family

Primo: What if Goldie’s mother acted the same way and demanded that we spend all holidays with her?

Sly: That’s different. Her family is not close. And besides, you spent Thanksgiving with her mother. It’s our turn.

Primo: What? That was Thanksgiving last year! And there are no turns, Dad! I went years without seeing you guys more than once a year. I travel half the time for work. I’m exhausted. It’s hard for me to take vacation because my work does not stop. Christmas is one of the few times of the year I can take off without worrying that stuff is piling up in my absence. Flying at the holidays is a pain in the neck. I want to be able to relax.


  1. I think Sly has misunderstood "close" for "co-dependent." Your family is close; he and Doris were co-dependent.

  2. My mother used to pull that crap, too. In her final years we went (we were only two hours away by then), but resisted it for 25 years. It's a real pain. Am so glad that Primo no longer has to deal with it.