I guess the moral of the story is that if you’re bringing someone home, just make sure no one in your family suddenly channels Jack Nicholson’s character from The Departed. Siblings and other relatives aren’t neutral parties. And given the fact they didn’t birth you and raise you for 18+ years, they’re a lot less likely to bite their tongue if you bring someone home they don’t like. Beware.
“I met this girl when I was studying abroad in Argentina. We started dating, and her mom and grandma were flying in to visit. She goes, ‘They’re so excited to meet you, and they’re so glad that you’re Jewish!’ And I tell her, ‘Uh, I’m not Jewish.’ And she just put her head in her hands and went, ‘OH MY GAWD. Just don’t tell them your last name.’ She ended up telling them after they left, we broke up eventually but my Semitism was the least of our problems.” -- Joey, 27