The Mixologist’s family is considering a reunion soon. No solid plans have been made, but he is already full of great fear and trepidation. A dyed-in-the-wool introvert like Mixie does not enjoy big social events and even if only the siblings and their families gather, we’re talking 28 attendees. Mixie knows there will be assorted friends and extended family members, pushing the list up to 40 or 50 people.
The plans keep changing–“We’re having the reunion in the spring…probably at a campground somewhere!” “The reunion is canceled! We’ll do Fourth of July instead!” “The reunion is back on! Location to be announced!” “Daisy is doing all the cooking!” “Daisy has to work each and every day forever; someone else needs to cook.” “We’re ordering deli platters! Nobody has to cook!” “We’re handing out Hungry Man TV dinners!”
This is what our planning is always like.
The actual gathering will be “delightfully awkward” as Mixie’s best friend likes to describe all of the Mixologist’s family gatherings. This is a polite way of describing the complete and total systemic dysfunction that is Mixie’s family. There will be graceless, uneasy conversations; passing of judgement on anyone who dares leave the room; drunkenness that leads to emotional outbursts and insults; and a whole slew of things that will leave everyone stung and wounded for the next 12 months.
And now, The Family Reunion: A Drama starring Dean Martin as Mixie, the Mixologist.