I am a college student living away from home. I decided to go back to my parents’ house for Christmas and stay for a whole week, since they always want me to stay for a long time.
I have a small cat who lives with me in my studio apartment. Although on previous visits home, my boyfriend stopped by my apartment to make sure Kitty had food and water and was safe, she always gets very lonely during those times. So, I asked my parents on Thanksgiving if it would be OK if I brought Kitty with me for Christmas. I offered to sleep in the basement, which is set up like a studio apartment, so Kitty would have plenty of room but not get lost in their huge house. Nobody else usually has to sleep in the basement during Christmas. They agreed, since my mother loves Kitty very much and would be thrilled to have a cat to play with.
My dad’s parents traditionally come to visit for three or four days during Christmas. They recently moved to a retirement home about five minutes away from my aunt’s house, in a neighboring state. Originally, the plan was for my dad to take a week off from work (since he had a spare week) and go down, spend some time with Grandparents, and bring them back up to our house for Christmas. Instead, Aunt decided that she would bring them. She and her fiance would be on their way to his relatives’ house and would drop off Grandparents on the 21st. This was decided right before when my dad was supposed to leave.
On the 20th, Aunt contacted Dad and revealed that she and her fiance had decided to invite themselves to dinner and stay the night at my parents’ house on the 21st instead of just dropping off the grandparents. Well, the problem with that (besides Dad never offering an overnight stay) was that there were no more queen beds left. Grandparents were in the large guest room, my parents were in their room, I was in the basement, and the only bed left was a twin. When Dad told this to Aunt, she tried to make him put me and my cat in the twin-bed guest room (the smallest room in the house). When he told her this was not possible because the cat could not be in such a small room, she took an attitude with him about her plans being spoiled by “just a cat”.
Well, she and her fiance came and dropped off the grandparents, and of course she was suitably snooty to me the entire time. Sorry, Aunt, lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine…or Kitty’s. 1222-16