- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
So I grew up in a liberal town, going to Unitarian Church, with a gay aunt (and her partner of 20 years, who I also call my aunt), a gay cousin, and a few gay family friends. I have a sister who is covered in tattoos and has guaged plugs in her ears. My brother and SIL are child-free by choice. Another aunt married a Jewish man and converted, so I have Jewish family members too. Both of my parents’ fathers had drinking problems, so neither of them are big drinkers (2 drinks max on special occaisions).
FI’s parents both grew up in the rural midwest. They are both from large Catholic families and didn’t travel much. His mom is one of 7, and she’s the only one that ended up living in a different town. When I absent mindedly mentioned my aunts at one of his family get togethers, one of his aunts asked if they would be at the wedding. When I said yes, she said “oh wow, well, I’ve never met a gay before!”
I almost spit out my drink, haha, but fortunately knowing her, I know it was not because of hatred or fear, but genuine curiousity. They are TRULY sheltered. They don’t know any Jewish people either! They ALLLL have kids (even his 17 year old cousin…heh). And hollllllllly cow are they beer drinkers. Not in an unsafe or unhealthy way, but when they party, they parrrrtayyy (I’m talking an entire pickup truck bed full of beer – totalled in one afternoon).
Fortunately the one thing they all have in common is being laid back, so I’m not worried about any disasters. But other than that, we are bringing two families together with absolutely NOTHING in common! Throw in a plot twist or two, and I think it sounds like the plot of a movie (starring Michael J Fox and Anne Hathaway as me and FI…hehehe)
Anyone else? 🙂