for the Holidays & Other Calamities
stories about real life, family and holidays.
Published 1995, Paperback Books, division of Simon & Schuster
(From the title story, Home for the Holidays)
next morning would begin four hellish days spent
with my family. Ninety-six hours jam-packed with
television, eating and being treated like an idiot…They’ll
continue a grueling family tradition I call "the
boil and hemorrhoid report", listing every
single family member, neighbor and person I’ve
never heard of and their respective ailments. They’ll
drive me batty…(and yet,) … these folks
won $500 in the lottery last Christmas and donated
every last cent to a family who’d been burned
out of their house. It shouldn’t matter to
me that they eat cheese that squirts out of a can.
Or that they drone on and on about the obvious.
Or that they pronounce croissant "crew-sont".
These gripes I could perhaps keep to myself. And
what better time than Thanksgiving to give it another
try? I can do this. This year I’m pharmaceutically
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Chris Radant )
excerpt 2:" Cabin Fever "