Primo: Ted and Jack want to have a family celebration for my dad’s 80th birthday.
Primo: They want me to come.
Me: OK. Go ahead. Have a good time. Your vacation, your money.
Primo: Wait! Don’t you want to go?
Me: You want me to spend money and vacation time to celebrate a man who screamed at his own grandchildren and who has never done one thing to make me feel welcome in his home? No thanks.
Primo: They will not be happy.
Me: I don’t care. Besides, they don’t really want me around. For sure, your dad does not want me around. I am trying to build a better relationship with your mom, but your dad has never shown any interest in engaging with me in any way.
Primo: You’re right. They want me all to themselves, but they want to reject you. What will we tell them, though?
Me: That I’m going to be washing my hair that night.
Primo: I can’t say that!
Me: Then tell him I have something going on at work. And I do. I have work. I can take vacation or not take vacation and I am sure not going to take vacation just so I can watch your dad scream at Michael and Maria or whomever in person.