My mom tricked me! A few days ago my mother very sweetly, called to inform me about another family party that was going to take place over this weekend. I came up with my usual excuses as to why I could not attend the party and she seemed to accept this.
However, the day of the party comes and my mother gives me another call, “Hi honey I just wanted to know if you want to go shopping with me today.”
“Sure I am always up for shopping.”
So I go shopping with my mom completely forgetting about the party later on that night. However my mom reminds me about the party by saying “I have to buy a gift for your cousin after all it is his birthday today and the poor thing is probably not going to have anyone show up for his party.” I know where this is going and I am prepared for it. “Mom I really can’t go to the party I have a big test I need to study for.” “That’s fine I am probably not going either” She says but yet she still buys a present for my cousin.
After we leave the mall my mom kindly asks me to go with her to drop off my cousins present. It is still early and no one will be there she says trying to convince me to go. So I reluctantly go with her and when we arrive surprise, surprise the party has already started. I give my mom a mean look but she swears that she had no idea the party started so early. “We’ll just drop of the present and leave I promise.” She says and so I am tricked to go to yet another hostile family party.
For the most part most of my family behaved well. Only two of my older girl cousins, who I have never got along with, give me trouble. I think they are just jealous of the fact that I am getting somewhere in life and they are not.
“So you still work at the same place?” cousin Number 1 says.
“Yes. I am still working and going to school.”
“I was thinking about going back to school to join the nursing program but I just got a new job with a big pay raise so I don’t school is a priority at this point.”
I try my best to politely smile but I know she is just itching to get under my skin.
“I just got an internship working with the DEA. So when I graduate from college I’ll have some connections and I’ll be making good money in no time. How long until you graduate?" Cousin Number 2 asks. What she really means is how long until you’ll be making more money than both of us combined.
“Well I have about a year left until I get my Bachelors but the real money won’t come until after I graduate from Medical School.” I regret saying this immediately. I have secretly been making plans to go to Medical School for some time now but I hate sharing this with my extended family. They are not very supportive and if I don’t go threw with my plans I will never live it down.
“I thought you were just going to school for a psychology degree!” Cousin Number 1 says.
“Actually I’ve always planned on becoming a psychiatrist, so I have to go to medical school.”
They both look stunned and mad but they both shut up immediately. I got them off my case temporarily but now I know that by the end of this day my whole family will know about my future plans and when my family becomes intimidated by someone’s success they become hostile and downright nasty towards them. I have a feeling I have only made matters worse for myself.
When I leave the party (an hour after I arrived) I catch a glimpse of cousin number one crying. Cousin number two is trying to consol her but when they look up and see me staring at them they both give me nasty looks. This is only the beginning.
On the way home I casually ask my mom about cousin number 1’s new job only to find out she is still working at the same place. As for cousin number 2’s internship, she just started her first semester at the local community college so I doubt her story about the internship is true. Oh boy I can tell the situation between me and my cousins is going to get ugly real fast.