The Benefits of Radical Anarchy: Enjoying Family Dinners

My blogs of late have emphasized my dissatisfaction with some thoroughly corrupt institutions in our lives: government and big business. Radical anarchy may be the only solution. And radical anarchy has so many applications. Once you get in the hang of it, it's a useful approach to so very many situations. All this time I've considered myself a one woman stand against entropy. Maybe it's time to rethink that.
Like family dinners. Getting all 4 of my daughters to sit down to a meal with my husband and me is like herding feral cats. Two are in college and are often in their distant cities. Even when they're around, this one is working, that one has dinner with the other parent, the other one has two parties and, like, six best friends who demand to see her!
There are always the emotional undercurrents of getting a bunch of women together, who's mad at whom and why. There's the emphasis on relationships, makeup, hot guys, relationships, clothes, and hot guys. Did I mention there's a lot of discussion about relationships and hot guys?
It's not like we don't talk about other things as well. Books, movies, TV shows, politics, and the current topics in their majors, neurobiology and sociology. But sooner or later...
"Do you think I should cut my hair real short and wear a lot of eye make-up?" one daughter asks.
"Do you think I should get an apartment with my boyfriend this summer?" asks another daughter.
"Do you think it's okay to date a guy if I've already dated his best friend slash roommate?" asks the third. "Does it matter if the guy I dumped is stalking me now?"
"Can I paint my fingernails and get a dress like Mary had on at the Christmas party?" asks the little one.
"Oh my god, it's an estrogen-fest," my husband Sabin moans.
Then the dog barfs on the floor after eating someone's purse, and the 5 year old breaks a glass and turns off all the lights in the house. The Christmas tree falls over, disgorging its lights, and all the iPhones in the house beep with simultaneous texts. The middle daughter chooses that moment to explain exactly why her boyfriend should be so much more grateful and appreciative to be dating her than he is--all while she in-boxes three guys she's keeping on the hook for later, maybe. Sabin stabs himself in the knuckles with a fork just to distract himself.
And if you are in the mental state to enjoy radical anarchy: it is a rich feast for whimsy.