Remember way back in 2019, where we could actually gather in large family groups to celebrate the holidays? Here is a story from the All in the Family section of Out of My Mind that may remind you that those family gatherings didn’t always run smoothly.
Planning the Perfect Christmas
“Hello.” John stepped inside, stamping his boots on the rubber mat as he closed the door. “I’m back. Carrie? Are you home, or am I talking to myself?”
“In here,” a voice called from the dining room.
John pulled off his boots, hung his coat on the hook, and walked toward the voice. Carrie met him at the doorway with a kiss. He returned it, then asked, “So what have you been up to?”
“Just making everything perfect for tonight,” she answered with a grin. She sidestepped with a flourish. “What do you think?”
“Immaculate,” he responded, as his eyes appraised her efforts. “In fact, as far as I can tell, there is only one thing wrong.”
Carrie’s bottom lip curled. “And what would that be?”
“This is my mother you are trying to impress, and trust me, my love, that is impossible.”
“You don’t think she’ll like what I’ve done?”
John faced her, placing his hands on her shoulders and looking her in the eye. “Honey. This has nothing to do with you. My mother could walk into a designer showroom, laid out by the world’s greatest designers with the intention of impressing the Royal Family, and she would still find something wrong with it. There is a good reason the family calls her Hyacinth.”
“You know. The Bucket lady. From the British sit-com? Oh dear! I’ll have to introduce you to the show, both for the humour and to help you to understand my mother. In the meantime trust me. My mother finds fault wherever she goes. It’s what she does. So just prepare your…” The doorbell rings. “Shit. She’s here. Ok. Just remember. Whatever she says. It’s not your fault.”
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