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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Family Gatherings and the #DeafStruggle

Christmas 2013. My first time home in 9 years! 
Lawd, if my family reads my blog, I might catch a bit of fire for this post. Just about every family member has texted me in the last two weeks asking about my Thanksgiving plans. Each time I've responded: "I've made other plans."  Now either they are not relaying the message to other family members or they all have conspired to text me at different times to see if I provide a different answer. 

I really did make other plans. Plans that involve Me, Myself and I and the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade viewing party, sangria, a light home cooked meal, while snuggling under the covers watching a movie or two. 

I love my family. Lawd knows I do. I just can't hang with them all the time. Especially in the case of large family gatherings and there are 5 conversations happening at once.  It's easy for my family to forget I'm deaf. I rely on my hearing aid 100% and hardly any sign language is used.  I've mastered the "smile and nod" look. After a few short hours, I'm already plotting how I'm gonna get back home. 

I just don't want to deal with that tomorrow. I don't have it in me to give myself that mental pep talk and sit thru a five hour family gathering. {Not to mention travel time} Lawd knows I love my family and they really do make me smile and they tell me everytime they miss me during the Holidays. That's great and all but I really did make other plans. 

Christmas, I'll visit with the family. 

Which poses another problem: which family will I visit? We're all over the place in five states. The joys of a tight-knit blended family. 

Happy Thanksgiving and may your sangria remain bottomless and your macaroni cheesy! 

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