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Family Gathering

How to Make a Family Dinner Awkward

By Mother CombsPublished 3 months ago Updated 3 months ago 1 min read
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Jon was driving to take his kids to see their mom and his parents. His mother had invited them over for dinner tonight and said she had a big announcement to make to the whole family and wanted him to come, too. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be going.

He still hadn’t forgiven his mother for allowing Jenna to move in after Jenna had left him and divorced him. Even though he had won custody of the kids, he still felt like he had lost more in the divorce than Jenna had. Considering Jenna now slept in his childhood room, he thought he had lost his parents.

He purposely arrived right when his mother had said that dinner would be served to cut short the total time he spent in his ex-wife’s company. So, after taking off his light jacket, he headed straight to the dining room to join the rest of the family.

His mother had outdone herself on the dinner tonight. There was a stuffed goose, cranberries, green bean casserole, corncakes, salad, and his mother’s homemade dinner rolls. Everyone was digging in while his dad cut up the goose.

The conversation at the table was mostly catching up talk. Everyone wanted to know what everyone else was up to. Each had their own news to share. Jon noticed that his parents and ex-wife were awfully quiet throughout the meal.

When the meal was cleared away, his mother brought out a cherry cordial and coffee for dessert. As they ate, his mother said she had an announcement to make.

“Your father and I are getting a divorce. Jenna and I have been having an affair for the last three years, and we have decided to marry each other.”

Everyone, including Jon’s children, just sat there and stared at his mother and Jenna, who were holding hands with each other. No one moved for several minutes. Suddenly, as if on cue, someone coughed, and one by one, they all left the house without another word.

Jon and his kids were heading to the door when he heard his dad holler, “Wait up, I’m coming with you.”

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Mother Combs

Come near, sit a spell, and listen to tales of old as I sit and rock by my fire. I'll serve you some cocoa and cookies as I tell you of the time long gone by when your Greats-greats once lived.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran3 months ago

    First of all, I was wondering why the hell would Jon's parents take Jenna in after she left Jon and even let her sleep in his childhood bedroom. Second, whoaaaaa! I did not see that twist coming! I laughed when Jon's father followed him out too!

  • Real Poetic3 months ago

    Great job creating imagery inside of my mind while reading this. You write so well and have great ability to tell a story with so little words.

  • Ariel Joseph3 months ago

    Well I surely didn't see that coming! But apparently neither did Jon lol

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