The doorbell rang; I'm hiding in the kitchen. I hear the false voices of family greeting each other. I hate big family get togethers. Especially at my mom's house, when she drives my dad an me crazy for days, tells us she needs more help, then decides neither one of us can do anything right.
I hug my aunt, uncle, and cousins, listen to them gush about my kids for a few minutes, and retreat back to the kitchen and food that I've been preparing very slowly for a reason.
It's such a farce. My oldest cousin, who's my age, thinks he's hot shit because he's a CPA and acts like he knows everything and is smarter than everyone. There's no discussions with him; just lectures.
The next cousin is a year younger than me. We got along well as kids, but she's typical ditzy blonde ex-sorority girl who works all day, parties all night, and lives with her head in the clouds.
There's my semi-relatable cousin, who's 5 years younger than me. He has some issues, but he's good for conversation for a half hour or so, when I get creeped out by him staring at my boobs.
My youngest cousin is 16 and an angry teenager. She talks to no one, sitting silently with her ipod.
My aunt is fake nice, as long as everything is going her way. I can't stand it. She wears the pants in the family, and her husband and kids seem to defer to her.
My uncle thinks he's more important than he is. A big shot CFO at a fortune 500 company with the wife, kids, houses, rental properties, and golf skills. Oh, and a standing in the community because of his work with his church and as a basketball coach.
The 5 years we didn't speak to each other because of my uncle's affair sits like a gorilla in the room as the snow begins to fall.
This post was written in response to this week's Red Writing Hood prompt from Write on Edge.
We’d like you to craft a piece of fiction or creative non-fiction around the holiday season, keeping in mind that for some people “the holiday season” begins around Halloween and doesn’t end until well after the New Year is underway. The piece should begin with “The doorbell rang” and end with “snow began to fall.”