A most peculiar thing is happening.
My brother, who is in Austin wrapping up his college career at UT, is coming home for the weekend. While talking on the phone the other day, he found out that I will be gone this weekend; leaving for Nashville with MK today to visit our friend RW. He was disappointed (understandably so), but the primary reason for it was because- brace yourself...
He wants my family to meet the girl he is dating.
Hell has frozen over, pigs have flown, and one of us is finally introducing a significant other to our parents.
For all of our differences, my brother and I both take seriously the introduction of a boyfriend/girlfriend to our parents. Discounting high school because we were living under their roof, I cannot remember another time when when one of us has given someone that distinction.
This isn't my parents' fault. My parents are welcoming, nice people, though I think my Dad could be classified as intimidating or formidable to someone meeting him for the first time.
I'm disappointed because I'm his older sister and only sibling, therefore it is my job to give any girl worth his time a piece of my time as well. The one weekend I have gone out of town in I-don't-know-how-long for something other than a wedding or work and he's introducing a girl to my family. So typical. All I have seen of this girl is Facebook profile photo, and all I know of her are the cursory replies my brother gives when I ask him questions. The only other girls I think my parents have met would have been Texas/OU weekend dates, and that was more of a group setting where they were just taking a bunch of college kids to dinner.
I think about it and if I were this girl, I would be most worried about my approval- that of the older sister. Maybe it's a good thing, for her sake, that I am not in Dallas this weekend after all. If she's around any longer, I'm sure we will get to meet sooner or later. Oh, and by the way? All of the little brother plus one talk resulted in my mother nonchalantly handing me two books in the genre of dating.
If anyone would be getting the eye-roll from me this weekend, I'm doubting it would be my brother's guest.
Pam Byrnes: Greg honey, how are you doing?
Greg Focker: Oh great, considering I desecrated your Grandma's remains, found out you were engaged and had your father ask me to milk him.
-Meet the Parents, 2000