Problems Getting Along With Family

Oscar: So you’re back from your mother’s birthday dinner. How was it?

Priscilla: Same old, same old. It isn’t a family gathering without a major Meltdown or Blowup.

Oscar: Yikes, what happened?

Priscilla: You know how it is. It starts out with Bickering and somebody Taking offense at some Slight or Dig, or bringing up some old Grievance.

Oscar: Well, that happens in most families.

Priscilla: Yeah, but in mine, they often turn into Screaming matches. We all Raise our voices and somebody always Storms out.

Oscar: Even at your mother’s birthday dinner?

Priscilla: The occasion doesn’t matter. My mother tries to be the Peacemaker, but it doesn’t take much for Tempers to flare.

Oscar: That never happens in my family.

Priscilla: What?! Your family doesn’t fight when it gets together?

Oscar: No, we try to Sweep things under the rug and Put on a brave face.

Priscilla: What happens when you get mad at each other?

Oscar: Nothing.

Priscilla: What do you mean nothing?

Oscar: A lot of our family meals are eaten in Stony silence.

Priscilla: Wow, I think I prefer our Knock-down, drag-out fights!

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