My Least Favorite Things

If your family dinners are like going to Hell’s kitchen, I’m sharing this one for you.

The other day I was having dinner with some church friends and told them about a time when family members and I had a disagreement. I said they didn’t speak to me for four months and then we only spoke when I initiated it because I missed them. The gentleman across the table, looked me in the eye and sincerely asked, “What did you miss?”

He got me. I had to assess what I missed and I have to admit I am not sure what I missed at that time, but it inspired me to write these words. Feel free to sing them to the Julie Andrews tune and enjoy.

People who punish as much as they’re able,
Gossip and whining and pride on the table,
Gifts and affection all tied up with strings,
These are a few my least favorite things.

Family secrets and abject denial,
Threatening and judging and people on trial
Sneers and snide comments and yelling that stings
These are a few my least favorite things.

Unwise expectations that I should not tell,
Those who’ve created their own private hell,
Ostracization and hatred that clings,
These are a few my least favorite things.

When I’m missing family dinners–
When I’m feeling sad,
I simply remember my least favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad.

-Cherilyn Clough