The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

LEAH KOENIG frets about bring­ing her boyfriend to her par­ents’ house in Chicago for Thanks­giv­ing:

“It’s in­tim­i­dat­ing to bring your part­ner into your par­ents’ home. More than that, though, I’m ner­vous about the food. I grew up in a nonkosher, crab and cheese­burger-lov­ing house­hold. He grew up in a strictly kosher home, and con­tin­ues to keep kosher to­day. My mother’s turkey paired with but­tery mashed pota­toes clearly isn’t go­ing to cut it. To her great credit, my mum has of­fered to bend over nearly back­wards to ac­com­mo­date my boyfriend’s food needs (kosher turkey, no pump­kin pie with con­densed milk, etc). Like­wise, my boyfriend is grate­ful for their ges­tures of ac­com­mo­da­tion. Still, I’m freaked out. Over the years, my fam­ily has come to terms with my in­sis­tence that there be suf­fi­cient veg­e­tar­ian op­tions at the Thanks­giv­ing ta­ble. But how will they fare with a kosher/dairyfree hol­i­day? Will they feel re­sent­ful — like their home isn’t good enough? Will they feel de­prived of their yearly food tra­di­tions? On the other hand, will my boyfriend feel fully com­fort­able at the ta­ble? And — the ques­tion I can’t get out of my head — will I calm down, or am I des­tined to spend the en­tire meal wor­ried about ev­ery­one else’s hap­pi­ness?”

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