How to become a grown-up in 468 easy(ish) steps.

Step 262: This Thanksgiving, do not get drawn into fights you won’t win

Happy almost-Thanksgiving! Hopefully, you’ve figured out what to take to tomorrow’s celebration (I’m doing this, and a pumpkin pie) or, if you are actually hosting, have found enough chairs and also congratulated yourself on that massive undertaking.

Now. Inspired by this brilliant Onion article, a gentle reminder that no one wins the bickering-with-extended-family-about-religion/politics game. This year, refuse to be drawn into it. Here’s the very simple game plan, repeated as many times as necessary:

Uncle So-and-So: Did you know that Obama is actually a transgender French woman?

You: Oh, Uncle So-and-So, I’m not going to talk about politics. (Voice tone: gentle)

Uncle S-a-S: But don’t you realize what she is trying to do to America?

You: I’m not going to talk about politics. (Voice tone: gentle but matter-of-fact)

Uncle S-a-S: Everyone, except white people and seniors and senior white people, will be given their own small business. But the kicker is that each small business will have been taken away from a white person who built it.

You: I’m not going to talk about politics. (Voice tone: same as above)

Uncle S-a-S: Entitlements … black people … gays … baguettes …

You: Hrmmmmm. (Voice tone: gentle but bored, more of a neutral, quiet noise than anything else. At this point you have full permission to wander away or turn to whomever else is around you that won’t be such a pain in the ass.)

No one, no matter how desperately they wish to argue, can withstand this stonewall effort. Whatever they are saying, however wrong they may be — you will not change their minds, and you especially won’t do it by getting in a big fight during a family gathering. So right now, summon all the zen you may need.

Happy Thanksgiving!

21st Nov 2012 203 notes , Comments
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  1. beginning-of-entropy reblogged this from adulting
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  3. morally-questionable reblogged this from adulting and added:
    Out of season, but always useful.
  4. bbpratt reblogged this from adulting and added:
    Baguettes!
  5. gryffindorfeminist reblogged this from adulting
  6. mynameisdevon reblogged this from adulting and added:
    Guys, I have an uncle just like Uncle So-and-So, and I had to go to his house for Thanksgiving. It was like Fox News but...
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  8. livewellandbehappy reblogged this from adulting and added:
    Thank goodness my family doesn’t have this problem. The biggest debate at Thanksgiving this year was about my move to...
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  13. alyink reblogged this from theladies-room and added:
    At our thanksgiving (Canadian) there was a literal fist fight…
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  15. lady-davison reblogged this from gallifreygal and added:
    I’m going to need this when I go for dinner with my boyfriend’s family.
  16. pterodactylsnotpteranodons reblogged this from adulting
  17. tinaalsgirl reblogged this from gallifreygal and added:
    Ahhh. One of the great things about not doing Thanksgiving this year! I don’t have to worry about getting into arguments...