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This or That: Your Parents Are Fighting or Not Speaking?

You’ve always been proud of how well your parents get along after being together for so long. They’ve definitely had their issues, but they’ve been wonderful about working through them without involving you or your siblings. They recently plan to take you and your roommate out to dinner, and as soon as they arrive, you know something is up. However, things really get bad at the restaurant. Would it be worse if …

This: As soon as you’re seated, they start laying into each other? You watch with horror as their bickering turns into full-fledged arguing and the people around you are giving you dirty looks — you're totally mortified.

Or …

That: Between appetizers and dessert, they share fewer than two words — the table is nearly silent and you’ve never felt more awkward? Your poor roommate keeps sending you looks of misery, and you're totally annoyed by the time the meal is over.

Which is worse?

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keiraz keiraz 8 years
I remember them ONCE fighting so bad and yelling that I started bad, at least when they don't talk u can deal with it and don't fear seeing abusive behavior and such.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 8 years
I used to hear my parents fight when I lived at home and it was the worst thing....I would rather people ignore each other than fight because fighting makes me really uncomfortable and unhappy.
emalove emalove 8 years
It would be worse if they made a scene. At least I imagine it would be. Tough for me to envision this, I've never seen my parents have a real "fight" in all my 31 years...
juicylove juicylove 8 years
yelling is worse in public. thats just embarassing and innapropriate.
neonbee neonbee 8 years
Silence is worse. My parents used to bicker a lot and of course I didn't enjoy that. But at some point, they just acted like they're complete strangers. I thought the silence would have been a blessing, but it just hurt more.
em113 em113 8 years
silence is the better option I guess. but honestly, I would simply tell my parents to grow up and leave the restaurant with my roommate. I've never been in that exact situation, but I have told my Dad to leave my campus until he can get it together and stop b!tching at my Mom like a child. Being unable to conduct yourself well in public is a serious pet peeve of mine.
lms lms 8 years
I voted the wrong way. It would be worse if they were yelling.
geebers geebers 8 years
My parents already have a silent relationship haha- so yeah going to say yelling is worse.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'd rather there be silence than bickering.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
i would say fighting is worse than silence. luckily my parents are never in the same room together so i dont have to worry about this! whoo!!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
i would say fighting is worse than silence. luckily my parents are never in the same room together so i dont have to worry about this! whoo!!
skigurl skigurl 8 years
silence is awkward for those at the table, but yelling is awkward for everyone in the entire place and is just plain unacceptable
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