So over a week ago (gasp) I wrote in my day planner what was going to be the theme explored over the next twelve days. For some reason I chose to mark down today as "Family Drama" because what good Christmas movie doesn't have at least an uncomfortable silence over dinner. I also figured that today I would be traveling home, and would actually be with my family, making the drama all that more possible. But because I have this idyllic life (barf!) we hardly ever have family drama, at least of the cinematic variety.
I was worried all day about the drama that was sure to come. Then, when I got to thinking about it, I was worried that there would be zero drama and it would be terribly hard to write my blog at night. Had I admitted this to a mental health professional, they would probably recommend that I close this blog, because it is obviously not healthy. In my defense however, I did not consider "stirring the pot" at the old homestead in order to bring up some old feelings. I'm not that kind of person. So I stewed all day about the inevitable or the impossible.
Worried as I was, the family drama eventually came. On the television. There was something so special about the pairing of this particular theme, and the TV movies my Mom and I sat through this evening. Both of them (Yes, we watched two!) involved families getting through the holidays. One starred Marlo Thomas in a re-telling (a made for TV retelling) of It's a Wonderful Life, and if I do say so myself-Brilliant! Second, the family drama was in full swing in The Gathering in which a dying Ed Asner invites his estranged children home for the holidays in order to resolve their issues. I am not afraid to say that I cried during both. Whether it was because I was so relieved that I would have something to write about tonight, or the movies were just THAT touching, I don't know. What I do know is I experienced some family drama today, and I am incredibly lucky that I experienced it that way I did. From the looks of it, it's not fun.