There is a little-known affliction that comes around this time of year. It’s quite specific, and usually happens right after the Christmas lunch or dinner with the family. This affliction strikes when we’re getting around to the catching up for the year, the reviewing of life goals and general catching up.
This affliction is called Christmas Foot in Mouth Disease.
There are signs when it is coming towards you and when you should watch what you say. Warning signs include:
- Conservative relatives
- Political topics
- If and/or when you are having kids
You can read about my non-Christmas Foot in Mouth Disease here.
Of course, you can do what I did the other year and ignore all those signs, and spend time telling a 15 year old high school student that if she wants to have kids right now, she should.
In my defence, I wasn’t actively trying to promote teenage pregnancy, but some people were being all scaremongering about you can’t study, you can’t travel, blah blah blah if you have kids and I got a bit cranky. You can do what you want in life. Sure, there may be obstacles if you have kids young. But there’s no guarantee if that if you do things “properly” and wait until you retire to ravel, that you won’t have obstacles then.
What has been your greatest example of Christmas Foot In Mouth Disease?