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The horror of family functions!

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All high school students go through the same thing at every family function. With the end of our first semester finished, the plans of our future are slowly being questioned by everyone we know. Everybody knows what to expect walking through the door at a family function, especially when wearing ripped jeans. The questions seem to be put on repeat the longer the day goes on. Each and every family member will ask the same question just at different moments in the day. The questions can vary from love life to future plans; we are even asked why in the world we bought jeans with holes already in them.

 

Everyone knows the regular topic of finding a significant other arises first thing. “Are you dating anyone yet” is a question most grandparents tend to ask. Not to laugh in your face about being completely alone but to see if they need to keep talking about you at their weekly brunch date. They just don’t want you to end up alone… forever. No matter how many people ask or when they ask, all of us cannot help but to wish they wouldn’t ask.

 

Soon after everyone stops asking about your boring love life, they soon switch the topic to future plans, especially when college deadlines are starting to surface. First comes the question of, “Where do you want to go to college?” Then follows with the bigger question of, “Have you been accepted?” This is a topic that is harder to answer than if you are still single or not. Of course everyone has to know every detail of what you plan to do at college to who your roommate will be. The questions seem never ending that is until grandma notices the gaping hole in your jeans.

 

Finally, a topic to laugh about arises. You survived almost breaking down in tears talking about everything that life has thrown at you in the last few months and what is yet to come. You take a deep breath and push aside the heartache that was just dragged to the surface of your mind. As the family continues to ask the question, “Did you buy your jeans that way,” or even the friendly, “Do you want me to fix those for you?”

 

As much as you love your family and know they mean the best by asking you a thousand different questions at family functions, you secretly wish they would just stop for a second. Maybe the thought of recording yourself seems better than answering each question every time it comes up. That way as soon as you walk in the door you can just press play and everyone can listen to every answer to every question they ask. Even though we dread the flood of questions and having to answer all of them at every stop, we still grin a little knowing so many people care about how our lives are turning out.

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  1. Josie Woolever on January 21st, 2019 9:51 am

    This article is so relatable for any and every high schooler, and the thing is it doesn’t just stop after high school. I hear my relatives ask my grown cousins the same questions and then some. For example, I remember one time hearing one of my aunts ask my cousin when he was going to be proposing, when the wedding would be, and when they’d start having kids. I thought the questions I was asked were intense then realized I have so much to look forward to. Great article Brooklynn, keep it up!

  2. Robert Fitch III on January 21st, 2019 9:54 am

    Great article Brooklyn! I also know how it feels when they keep asking the same question over and over again. Tho for me I always get picked on all the time no matter the situation. The main point that family loves you no matter what and that is huge for a lot of people to know.

  3. Lauren Hileman on January 23rd, 2019 7:55 am

    I love this article Brooklynn! As I read this, I could totally think of a couple times I have seen some more distant family and family friends and the thousands of questions that come along with the amount of time it has been since I have seen them. I know that I have only reached the beginning of this. Good job!

  4. Ashli Key on January 23rd, 2019 8:34 pm

    Amazing article! I think almost every girl can agree with you on the ripped jeans comment. Every time I walk into my grandma’s house, she questions if I need money to sew my jeans back. This article has to be an article that everyone can relate to, especially seniors. As college comes around, everyone wants to know where you’re going, what’s your major, or who you’re roommate is. All in all, we want them to just be quiet for one second, but you’re definitely right when it’s heartwarming to know that someone cares. Keep up the good work!

  5. Cjay74 on January 24th, 2019 9:52 am

    Awesome Article! I have 10 Aunts and Uncles all 60+ and they all tend to forget what year in High School I am. I have been a senior in their mind for the last few years. These college question are very relatable. Although, its just conversation, no one is going to say in ten years “why did you not go year and become this.” I loved this article. Keep up the good work!

  6. Anthony Leydet on January 25th, 2019 1:41 pm

    I thought the comment was funny!!!!!

  7. Erika Johnson on January 25th, 2019 1:47 pm

    This is a really good article! I can relate to some of the questions at family events. Especially the ripped jeans one!

  8. Emme Grisez on January 25th, 2019 1:51 pm

    I think most people can relate to this, myself included, and I love how you wrote about it. I stopped wearing ripped jeans to family functions because the first question a family member would ask me was “Why did you buy those trashy things?” I hear stories like this all the time and I love how we can laugh about it.

  9. Ashley Turnpaugh on January 25th, 2019 1:51 pm

    I like your article. It’s kind of relatable. I’m not in high school yet, but they normally bother me and my clothes. It can get really annoying.

  10. Julissa Reynoso on January 25th, 2019 1:51 pm

    Amazing article! I get the ripped jeans comment all the time. It kinda gets annoying that they ask so many questions, but at least you know they care about you and how your life will be turning out. Keep up the great work!

  11. anthony fields on January 25th, 2019 2:01 pm

    This was a really funny. My parents and grandparents always ask me weird things.

  12. Dixon Collins on January 27th, 2019 12:43 pm

    Many high school students should definitely be able to relate to this article. Filling out college applications and scholarships can be one of the hardest things to do when preparing for your next step in your life. Great article!

  13. rye on January 29th, 2019 9:55 am

    great article hope you write more

  14. Kadence Miller on March 13th, 2019 1:48 pm

    This is a great article! I can relate to getting some of these questions at family events. I always get the ripped jeans one.

  15. HannaH Cicalo on March 15th, 2019 10:28 am

    I love how you made this story not only relatable, but funny. I also enjoyed that at the end you stated how even though all the questions are annoying it’s sweet that those people care about you.

  16. Brylee Boettjer on April 10th, 2019 1:27 pm

    Such a good article. I know how you feel about the ripped jeans question even my dad still ask me that question.

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