I met my brother’s new girlfriend on Thanksgiving at my parents’ house in Indiana. There are many similarities between this young lady, Yinan (pronounced E-non), and his previous girlfriend, Elizabeth. Before she came over, my brother and I reminded my mom not to accidentally call her by his ex girlfriend’s name (my mother has done this in the past with my ex’s). However, the inevitable occurred; she called my brother’s new girlfriend Elizabeth.
And not just once, but three times! The first time was, well, awkward and I could empathize with Yinan. But the second and third time it happened, we were simply embarrassed. Yinan took it very well, perhaps because we all made light of it instead of pretending it didn’t happen. Fortunately, she laughed it off and took it in stride. Knowing my mother the way we do, we know it was a slip and not purposeful. She’s like that.
My brother pulled me aside and told me that even he almost referred to his new girlfriend as Elizabeth a few times.
What are your stories from Thanksgiving? Did you have any close calls, mishaps, or fiascos?
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