Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
Gayle Madwin

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Family Visit

I probably won't be in the #QueerByChoice chatroom on DALnet IRC tomorrow; or if I'm there, I won't be there for long. My father turned 57 earlier this week and I'm going over for dinner to celebrate it tomorrow. And I'm dreading it because there's a 99% certainty I'll be subjected to my family's political viewpoints all through dinner, and I really really really DO NOT want to hear my parents and grandparents advocating murdering innocent people.

I don't actually have much idea at the moment of exactly what my family members' thoughts on this situation really are, since I haven't heard them talk about it yet. But it's pretty much guaranteed that they'll disagree with me to one degree or another, except maybe my brother, who, although he's not nearly as radical as I am, still usually (just by virtue of belonging to a younger generation) somewhat less entirely insane in my eyes. I wish I had a better idea of what to expect of them - if it's possible for anyone to just go about their business as usual and take absolutely no notice of World War III starting, they're probably the types of people who would do that (and unlike me, none of them knows anyone in New York anyway); but on the other hand, my mother loves decorating for holidays, and if she saw any cheap red white and blue streamers on sale in the stores lately and got inspired, it's entirely possible that I might arrive tomorrow to find every square inch of the house and yard draped in patriotic symbols, the furniture repainted in red white and blue, and all the chaise lounges on the patio re-woven with flag-patterned fabric. Not that any of it would hold much political meaning in any of my family members' minds; they're not really any more militaristic than the average apathetic suburban American family, but my mother just loves having any excuse to redecorate. However, the careless tossing about of symbols which are lately being increasingly used to advocate murder would profoundly disturb me, no matter how little my family might mean by it.

Anyway, I'll be back in the chatroom again on Sunday so I'll give those of you who show up there a full report then.
Tags: coming out, war/terrorism
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