Kate-Lynne Wolmarans11 Apr 2018 AT 12:07 PM

13 emotional stages that come with having family visit you in Dubai

Oh the fear
Kate-Lynne Wolmarans11 Apr 2018 AT 12:07 PM
Travel, Family, List, GIFs
Travel, Family, List, GIFs
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Travel, Family, List, GIFs
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1. Happiness
You’re filled with overwhelming happiness when you realise that you have not been forgotten and that your family are actually willing to spend money to come and see you.

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2. Distress
You suddenly realise that you have just three days to plan an entire week of activities to entertain them, and whenever you ask what they want to do they just say, "I don't mind."

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3. Panic
You’ve been so busy scanning the Entertainer app for deals on restaurants and activities that you’ve forgotten to tidy up your flat and haven’t stocked your fridge. Unless they love boiled water, you're in trouble.

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4. Reassurance
You’ve spent the last three hours buying food, toiletries and bedding and now feel like you’ve justified your “adult” status.

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5. Joy
You check your phone every five minutes as the excitement builds. THEY MUST HAVE LANDED BY NOW!

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6. Love
Your family just arrived and you find suddenly find yourself unintentionally breaking out in song and dance.

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7. Pride
Your parents tell you that they’ve “never doubted you” after seeing your clean flat, fully packed fridge and brand new bed sheets. You’re filled with pride and ignore the fact that your mum has just started cleaning... a table that you've already cleaned.

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8. Excitement
They’ve just finished unpacking and you can't wait to show them around. 

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9. Indignation  
...but the first thing they want to do is go to The Dubai Mall. It's friday. You don't need to buy anything. You're suddenly starting to question whether you've ever really liked your family after all... 

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10. Surprise
The fact that you’ve managed to show your family around has made you feel like a fully functioning, capable adult.

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11. Fear
You start to worry about them leaving before they've even gone. How will you cope without them? Why did you ever leave home anyway? You're probably going to quit your job in the morning. 

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12. Relief
24 hours after they've gone, you're absolutely fine. What were you even upset about? You hate to admit it but you're actually a tiny bit happy to have an evening to yourself.

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13. Normality
The emotional rollercoaster is over. Life returns to normal with you missing them just the right amount. 

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*Repeat cycle every six months*

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