B, a 20 year old college student, submitted the following problem. To me it’s a double problem, because not only is she faced with a super-long, exhausting ordeal, but if she goes to it she’ll be losing some of the precious, very short time she’s supposed to have to just relax this summer.
My father’s side of the family is planning a two day family reunion this summer. (The reunion is out of town and would require having to stay over.) The only problem is I have no interest in going. Most of these people I have never met before and I know I’m going to get overwhelmed from constantly having to make conversation with complete strangers. The other concern is my father’s side of the family is highly extroverted while I take after my mother’s more introverted side of the family. I don’t think I can physically handle two days of conversations with strangers without knowing that I can retreat home.
I should also mention that I went to my cousin’s confirmation in the Catholic church and we spent Friday night with his family (father’s side, no relation) and I returned home wiped out from from having to make constant conversation.
I’ve also been on campus for the past two months taking classes that are 2 1/2 hours long and require participation as part of the grade. After I finish this session, I have two weeks to enjoy what is left of my summer vacation before fall semester starts. I just want to relax, and I know I can’t do that being around strangers for two days.
Is there anyway to express this to my father? Or is there no way around it?
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