So we all say that our families are crazy. Most of us would even throw in some adjectives like annoying, strange, embarrassing, etc. But am I the only person out there that is kind of ashamed of certain people in their family? I'm not talking about my parents or younger sister, but once you start to branch out from there, I seriously wonder how many family members were dropped on their heads as children.
Common sense is not even in most of their vocabulary. I am from the south, so sure, I have a southern accent (which by the way, doesn't measure intelligence at all. It's just a dialect, people). But people like the ones in my family seriously give southerners a bad name. If you are not from the south, and you met half of my cousins, aunts, uncles, and what-not, you would assume everyone from the south is mentally handicapped, racist, close-minded, bible thumping, red-blooded, and idiotic. I can't stand it.
I'm about as liberal as they come, if I started speaking about politics at a family gathering, I would either confuse everyone, and/or get a bible study lecture. It drives me insane. I guess I just wish people could be more open-minded. Maybe I just have a hard time realizing there is a generational gap between me, and most of the family members I'm thinking of when writing this. But what scares me, is the fact that they are raising their children (my first, second, third, ect. cousins) to be just as close minded, redneck, racist, unintelligable, and moronic people as themselves.
I'm all for conserving the past, and holding on to tradition. I mean, I'll probably create many family traditions of my own one of these days, but certain things should not be passed down. Ignorance is at the top of that list. I think in a way, I'm scared for our future, because I know my family can't be the only one like this out there.
I get to see most of these people at a family 4th of July cookout tomorrow. I'm already practicing holding my tongue. It's much harder than it sounds, trust me. Perhaps I'm a terrible person for ranting about my relatives like this. This topic always weighs heavily on my mind around holidays. Just wish me luck on holding my tongue, and holding my ground when necessary. I hope everyone has a nice 4th of July holiday.
So my question for you: What does your family do that drives you absolutely mad?
Lindsey. Twenty-Five. Currently pursuing a degree in Professional Writing & Film Studies.