The fact that spring is the most popular season for weddings may be a cruel trick because a lot of newlyweds are going to be forced to make some big decisions their first three-day weekend as a married couple. Last year, their biggest decision was probably which big holiday weekend movie they would see, and trust me, they will soon be yearning for those simple times.
Yes, newly married couples, you are about to get a pre-curser to the years of holiday hell that no one had the heart to warn you about.
Memorial Day weekend is nothing compared to Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it does allow you to find out what you’ve really gotten yourself into before those major events roll around.
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Usually the problem begins with a sentence as easy as this one: “Whose house are we going to for the holiday?”
There’s an exception to every rule, but in most cases, this question is as loaded as Bobby Brown at Happy Hour. If you did premarital counseling, (which is a little bit like a pregnant new mom asking what labor is like; you really just have to go through it to get it.) you probably discussed sex, money, trust, faith, but I’ll bet no one prepared you for the first holiday.
That’s what we’re here for.
So here’s a Mamas Gone Wild “Will You Have a Good Holiday?” Quiz.
1. Your husband asks you to get his mom’s potato salad recipe. You:
A) Get her recipe, and follow it to the letter.
B) Tell him what he can do with his mama’s recipe.
C) Talk to his mom, and then create our own version of her recipe.
2. You find out that along with your husband’s family, his ex-girlfriend from community college will be there too. You:
A) Go, but make him miserable by rolling your eyes and discreetly giving him the finger.
B) Tell your fine ex-boyfriend from middle school to show up at your in-laws’ house.
C) Go and look so good, she leaves early.
3. You have everyone to your place for your first cookout as a couple. You:
A) Ask everyone to bring a dish so the pressure won’t lie solely on you and your husband.
B) Declare that you and your husband will take care of everything, and then yell at him the whole day because you’re a nervous wreck.
C) Have the event catered, be done by 6 and catch a movie alone with your boo.
If your answers are mostly A, you and your man are doing fine. Keep cooking at the same temperature.
If you answers are mostly C, you two will burn a few meals here and there, but remember, practice makes perfect.
If you answered mostly B, you and your spouse need to go back to Grilling 101. Your relationship is undercooked, and if you don’t get help, it’s gonna spoil or will need to be tossed out.
Nikki Woods is senior producer of “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.” The author of “Easier Said Than Done,” the Dallas-based Woods is currently working on her second and third novels. You can friend her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter: @nikkiwoods.