Thanks for coming together to enjoy the holiday together, now get off my lawn


Due to a confluence of circumstances involving parents on an overseas vacation and other older relatives choosing not to attend (probably related to parents being out of town), I ended up being the oldest person at the extended family holiday dinner table.

This was a first for me, and I resisted the urge to shout "Get off my lawn!" to the assembled masses or to bore younger relatives with rambling pointless stories from my youth.

I guess this is the converse to a friend of mine who presided over a holiday family gathering at his house some years ago, and who realized that if seating at the dinner table were done strictly by age, he would have to sit at the children's table.

Comments (6)
  1. nathan_works says:

    were you able to glean any good stories off your nieces for future entries ?

    [Stay tuned! -Raymond]
  2. HeadlessCow says:

    "or to bore younger relatives with rambling pointless stories from my youth."

    I’m pretty sure that the person telling these stories never realizes that they’re rambling and pointless. So, if you told any stories, perhaps you should remove this bit :-D

  3. Guillaume says:

    Isn’t rambling stories about Raymond’s youth the whole point of his blog ?

    Ah, yes. There far from pointless ;)

  4. Mike S says:

    The last time I was at a family get together, the kids sat with the older adults, and the "children’s table" was people in their 20s through 40s.

  5. adult child says:

    According to grandmothers the party usually  contains: adults, children, and grandchildren.

  6. tB says:

    Every year my grandfather organizes a family get-together to remember my grandmother, it’s only for their children and grandchildren.

    I have few young nephews and nieces on that side of the family, and they tend to sit with their parents. The "children’s table" tends to consist of the older grandchildren, which are in the range of 20-35 and their respective wives/husbands.

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