Grandma's Thanksgiving Invitation
(Remember this is a joke, folks. Some people try to take it way too seriously. )
We all have some of these relatives.
Sometimes, we ARE some of these relatives.
Most of these are the voice of experience.
Grandma's Thanksgiving Invitation
I'm not dead yet. Thanksgiving is still important to me.
If being in my Last Will and Testament is important to you, then you
might consider being with me for my favorite holiday.
Dinner is at 2:00, NOT 2:15, NOT 2:05. Two (2:00)
Arrive late and you get what's left over.
Last year, that moron Marshall fried a turkey in one of those contraptions and
practically burned the deck off the house. This year, the only peanut oil used to make
the meal will be from the secret scoop of peanut butter I add to the carrot soup.
Jonathan, your last new wife was an idiot. You don't arrive at someone's house on
Thanksgiving needing to use the oven and the stove. Honest to God I thought you might
have learned after two wives - date them longer and save us all the agony of another
Now, the house rules are slightly different. This year because I have decided that 2/3 of
you don't know how to take care of nice things, then paper plates and red Solo cups might
be bad for the environment, but I'll be gone soon and that will be your problem to deal
1. The University of Texas no longer plays Texas A&M. The television
stays off during the meal.
2. The "no cans for kids" rule still exists. We are using 2 liter bottles
because your children still open a third can before finishing the first two. Parents can
fill child's cup when it is empty. All of the cups have names on them and I'll be paying
close attention to refills.
3. Chloe, last year we were at Trudy's house and I looked the other way when your Jell-O
salad showed up. This year, if Jell-O salad comes in the front door it will go right back
out the back door with the garbage. Save yourself some time, honey. You've never been a
good cook and you shouldn't bring something that wiggles more than you. Buy something
from the bakery. The only thing that jiggles at my house this Thanksgiving will be your
Aunt Trudy after a few glasses of wine.
4. Grandmothers give grandchildren cookies and candy. That is a fact of life. Your
children can eat healthy at your home. At my home, they can eat whatever they like as
long as they finish it.
5. I cook with bacon and bacon grease. That's nothing new. Your being a vegetarian
doesn't change the fact that stuffing without bacon is like egg salad without eggs. Even
the green bean casserole has a little bacon grease in it. That's why it tastes so good.
Not eating bacon is just not natural. And as far as being healthy, look at me. Ive
outlived almost everyone I know.
6. Salad at Thanksgiving is a waste of space.
7. I do not like cell phones. Leave them in the car.
8. I do not like video cameras. There will be 32 people here. I am sure you can capture
lots of memories without the camera pointed at me.
9. Being a parent means you have to actually pay attention to the kids. I have nice
things and I don't put them away just because company is coming over. Mary, watch your
kids and I'll watch my things.
10. Speaking of being a parent; if you are babysitting a neighbors kid, it is not
automatically family here without prior notice.
Take them back home or put them in one. Or tell the neighbors to send enough money to pay
for a restaurant meal.
If your child still wears diapers, you will leave with the same number of them as you had
when you arrived. Bag them up and take them with you. The trash man doesnt come again
until next Tuesday and the last thing I need is a trash can full of baby poop. No
exceptions to this rule. Youre dealing with a woman who washed cloth diapers so this
would be an argument you will lose.
11. Rhonda, a cat that requires a shot twice a day is a cat that has lived too many
lives. I think staying home to care for the cat is your way of letting me know that I
have lived too many lives too. I can live with that. Can you?
12. Words mean things! I say what I mean. Let me repeat: You don't need to bring anything
means you don't need to bring anything. And if I did tell you to bring something, bring
it in the quantity I said. Really, this doesn't have to be difficult.
13. Domino's and cards are better than anything that requires a battery or an on/off
switch. That was true when you were kids and it's true now that you have kids.
14. Showing up for Thanksgiving guarantees presents at Christmas. Not showing up
guarantees a card that may or may not be signed.
15. If you want to talk politics, sit next to me, but Im old enough to speak my mind
regardless of your precious feelings. If I were you, Id practice dont ask, dont tell
because even when I mind my Ps and Qs, I can still spell bullsh_t.
In memory of your Grandfather, the back fridge will be filled with beer.
Drink until it is gone. I prefer wine anyway. But one from each family
needs to be the designated driver..
You know I love you. And I am indeed thankful for my family. I used to have a handle on
life, but it broke. Follow the rules and well all get along just fine.
NO Jello-salad. I mean it. Really.
Love You, Grandma.
Those sound like rational thoughts from an eldely woman who has lived long enough to know what she wants.