“You do perplexing things like pick up a stranger at a bar and bring him to the next day’s Thanksgiving dinner.”
Being the Difficult One in the family is challenging for you, of course, but because of the nature of your family you are more often focused on how difficult it is for everyone else around you. It was about the awkward moment you had left in your wake. Um, where did she go? Lord, we should have known she would pull something like this. They send your cousin’s new wife to find you — she works with autistic children and will know what to do. You can’t stop crying. She’s OK with that. Nobody else is.
At your worst, you’re impossible to deal with. At your best, you’re amusing, like a secondary character in a sitcom. You do perplexing things like pick up a stranger at a bar and bring him to the next day’s Thanksgiving dinner. Nobody knows whether you are joking or serious until the doorbell rings and somebody named “Wyan” is standing there wearing a baseball cap.
Every family has one. They wouldn’t trade you away but, like, could youplease just try to be a little more like the rest of us? Just for one night? It’s an important night tonight, and we don’t want you to ruin it, OK? We knew you’d understand.
Sometimes you’ll fantasize about what it would be like to be in a family of similars. But when you encounter kindred spirits in your daily life you don’t know what to do with them. When you encounter sympathetic people the only response you have is to apologize profusely.