At family dinners, I often transform from the calm and collected person I normally am (heh) to feeling like I could snap at any time. (If my cousin makes that annoying whistling sound one more time…) Navigating it all can be tricky: There are family dynamics to adhere to, uncles to avoid speaking with (no I don’t want to hear your hot take on current events), plus the annual “Why are you still single?” chat.
Feeling slightly more unhinged at Thanksgiving seems to be a universal experience, but at the end of the day, you’re grateful to reunite with your family—or get to know your partner’s a bit better.
Still, it’s helpful to know you’re not alone, with a running internal monologue throughout the day. The following universal Thanksgiving-related notions aren’t just running through your head.
You’ve had these 7 thoughts at Thanksgivings past, right?
1. Should I stay in the kitchen and pretend to help?
Because, #realtalk: I am not going anywhere near that turkey carcass.
2. Will Aunt Linda ask me about my love life (again)? Because I literally can’t even.
Yes, single and fine with it. No, not worried about my eggs drying up!
3. How much wine am I allowed to drink (it is arguably healthy)?
One giant glass? Two small glasses? A bottle? Just kidding….
4. Is it bad to think about pie before we even start dinner?
Whatever. No one can read my mind…right?
5. What would I do without my stretchy pants?
Risk someone seeing me inevitably unbutton my tight jeans before taking a second helping of sweet potatoes? No thanks.
6. I’m sleepy—are we sure tryptophan isn’t to blame?
Either way, if I finish eating first I’ll for sure get the best nap spot.
7. Can we *please* talk about anything except politics?
Seriously, Uncle Greg—chill. Ugh, where are my essential oils?