Eva Rants About “Family Time”

WARNING: DUMB RANT AHEAD 8D

Okay, before I say anything, I’m just gonna make it clear that I have no problem whatsoever with the concept of family time. I think it’s a wonderfully beneficial thing to engage in, whether you live on your own or not, so long as you take it in moderation.

But I’m starting to notice a trend within my own family — specifically, my mother — when it comes to family time. Apparently, to her, family time entails making the kids participate in whatever the parents want to do, as opposed to bringing everyone in and agreeing on something we all want.

Tonight’s family night, in particular, bothers me. Now, I don’t particularly enjoy watching movies with the family, because I’m the type of person who wants to get immersed in the experience, and I just can’t do that around them. They’re either talking constantly, or completely failing to understand anything that’s going on in the film to the point that it drives me insane.

The movie my parents want to watch tonight? 'The Woman in Black.'

Which, mind you, I do want to see. But I know I’ll be completely unable to watch it with them because I’ll be unable to get immersed. I’d much prefer to watch horror films on my own time, this film especially given what I’ve heard about it.

But of course, what happens when I try to state this? I get the annoyed look and nasty attitude that my mom always gives when I try to get out of family time. She resorts to this childish accusation that I’m “too scared to watch it,” and no matter how much I try to say otherwise, she refuses to accept my reasons.

So, what am I supposed to do? Would it really change my mother’s mind if I said I was scared? And besides, I don’t know how her logic works, but I don’t really think ‘The Woman in Black’ is a film you should FORCE someone to watch. 8|

Now, she’s perfectly supportive of my internet lifestyle and of the fact that I’d prefer to be on my computer than socializing IRL… but the minute I say “no” to participating in family time, she flip-flops and starts yelling at me to get off the computer. Telling me I should get out and experience the world more. Well… how exactly is sitting down and watching a movie with the family any different than sitting down and watching a movie on my computer? Am I “experiencing the world” just because I’m that much closer to the front door? Seriously…

I’m sure she just does that because she’s upset and trying to get to me, but the whole point is that she shouldn’t get upset to begin with.

Again, I have no problem with participating in family time… but it really, really, really bothers me when my mother makes it into a requirement rather than an option.

Anyways, this has been an Eva-Rant.

You may now return to your dash. XD

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