My boyfriend and daughter and I have been invited to Thanksgiving dinner by another family we've been close friends with for a long time. It's a big relief to me because I was trying to figure out what we were going to do, and really worried about it.
I feel kind of uneasy, though. My friend and I have done dinners together in the past, and we always split things up pretty equally as far as dividing up the menu. She has usually hosted and cooked the turkey or ham, and I'd bring about half the trimmings. But she knows how rough things have been lately, so she put her foot down and assigned me the green bean casserole to make and nothing else. She and her daughter are doing turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green salad, rolls, pumpkin and pecan pies, the whole nine yards. I tried to argue with her because I could do a few more things than that and I feel it isn't fair to leave all the work to her, even if I haven't been feeling too well; I'm doing a bit better now. but she wouldn't give an inch. My boyfriend wouldn't step in on my behalf, either. I asked him why later, and he said it's his policy to stay out of chick spats. He said why join a fight you can't win. He says shut up, fix the casserole, go, have a good time, and don't worry about it.
So is he right? I'm really not trying to be difficult. I'm grateful for my friend's kindness. But I don't want to take advantage of her, either.
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