There are some people that honestly love family reunions and catching up with the rest of the family in a social environment (usually the planner). Then, there are the people that honestly just do not want to go back in time and see their distant family, talking about embarassing moments of the past and reminiscing. If you are one of these types of people, this is the article for you. This article will tell you the top 10 excuses used to get out of family "fun time."
8. I have to go into work: This is a good last minute excuseand usually, will not be questioned by the people around unless you either do not work weekends or you are unemployed. Make sure you come up with a believable reason though because the planner will certainly ask about it.
7. I don't do reunions: This one is actually not an excuse, but morealess pulling the band-aid off really fast on the planner. You are telling the truth: you really do not want to see these people right now. Some may find your honesty admirable; some however may just find it insulting. Be careful.
6. I have the chicken pox: This is one of the oldest tricks in the book and you know that no one will want you around if you have the pox. Sure, it would be quite timely to contract chicken pox right before the family reunion. However, if you have had them before, you cannot get them again, so make sure you have never chicken pox in the past before using this excuse.
5. I have a really bad rash: This is somewhat like the chicken pox excuse, but it plays more on embarassment than it does on illness. If you cancel with the excuse that you have a really bad rash that is visible, I do not know if the planner would want you to show it off in front of the restof the family for them to bring up at the next reunion.
4. I have a prior engagement: This excuse must be followed by a really good reason, so use this one cautiously. This excuse can either go really well or really poorly, depending on how understanding the planner is. Just make sure you say nothing about this prior engagement being any more imporant than the reunion; the message is already implied.
3. The location of the reunion will harm me in some way: Be mindful of the location of the reunion when using this excuse. In cases of it being outside, you can say my allergies are going to kill me. In cases of high altitude, you can say that the pressure in the mountains hurts my ears. Indoor reunions are ones you cannot use this excuse to get out of. What would you say: the dust in your house makes me sneeze?
2. I'm sick: The old catch phrase "I'm sick" works like a charm still. Especially from a long distance over the phone. How can you prove that I do not have what I said I have? And face it, no one wants a sick person at a family reunion so everyone else can catch it.
1. I am having a man/woman problem: Do you really want to get out of the reunion? You may need to save face later, but really when you say the above statement, who is going to ask about it? Something is obviously wrong with your extracurricular organs. That is an area that nobody in your family wants to know about: too much information. Don't ask, don't tell.