What are your favorite types of family gatherings?
My favourite types of family gatherings are short ones! I love my family very much, they are all very special people; but I find it’s best to see them for short periods of time – normally a few hours is just about right. If they are staying with us, then the first twenty-four hours are fine; but then things seem to gradually decline. I’m not sure why and it seems to happen with all of our relatives. People seem to get tired and a bit fractious and niggles start to get to you. We’re not the type of family who argues, more the go-away-and-stew type, which isn’t healthy; but it’s hard to break generations of emotional suppression!
My ME means I find it very tiring having people around, so short visits are best for that too. I’m more energetic and able to enjoy the company more, which after all is the whole point of seeing family.