Who among you have to spend part of the Chinese New Year holidays with your Taiwanese in-laws or prospective in-laws? Is it a painful ordeal that you contemplate with dread, or a potentially jolly good time that you’re rather looking forward to?
This will be my first CNY as a married man, and I’ll have to visit the parents-in-law on both New Year’s Eve and the second day of the New Year. My new wife’s four married sisters and their families will all be there on the second occasion, so it should be rather renao. I anticipate eyelid-drooping ennui, but will grit my teeth and bear it like a man as part of my marital duties. Yet I wonder how much I’ll find myself pining for the old days when I was free to do whatever I wanted on this precious little clutch of days off work.