With the upcoming end of the semester, TU students recently enjoyed a week-long break to celebrate Thanksgiving. Over the course of the week, students took time off from their studies to relax and spend time with family and friends. However, one student is still reeling from the discovery that he is the family member that everyone wants to avoid.
Billy Gibson, 19, reportedly came to this realization shortly after arriving at his grandmother’s annual Thanksgiving lunch at her home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Walking to greet his Uncle David, Gibson was taken aback when he was offered a handshake.
“He gave the rest of my family hugs,” noted Gibson.
Gibson’s anxiety was heightened when he began to notice peculiar sideways glances from cousins, aunts, and uncles. “I ended up going to the bathroom to see if anything was on my face,” said Gibson, who has remained noticeably shaken since the event. “There wasn’t anything there.”
After several unanswered waves to other family members and a rushed side hug from his grandmother, who appeared to be scanning the room for any onlooking relatives, Gibson began to realize the gravity of his situation. “I was honestly stunned. I kept on asking myself where things had gone so wrong,” said Gibson, who has not shaved since the event.
Several acquaintances of Gibson have speculated on reasons as to why Gibson is considered the black sheep of his family.
“He’s oddly into that 90’s TV show Doogie Howser, M.D. He references it all the time,” said Gibson’s roommate, who has requested to go unnamed in order to avoid potential backlash.
Fellow classmates have also cited Gibson’s obsession with Korean pop music and his frequent visits to the website 4chan as potential causes.
“You hear about things like this happening to people, but you never expect it to happen to you,” said Gibson, who is reportedly struggling to make it through the denial stage of grief. “I seriously can’t be the weirdest person in my family. I mean, my Aunt Kathy has braces and she’s in her forties.” Gibson also referenced his Uncle Trevor, who has no sense of personal space, and his cousin Jamison, who frequently refers to himself in the third person, as family members more deserving of his family’s alienation.
Those who know Gibson have noticed a change in his personality. “You can tell it’s really affected him,” noted Gibson’s roommate. “He’s been going for a lot of walks, and he’s gotten really into The Smiths.”
Since Thanksgiving, Gibson has also begun to smoke clove cigarettes, write sonnets, and frequently view the movie Dead Poets Society. His roommate is currently in the process of setting up an intervention, saying, “If I hear ‘Asleep’ by The Smiths one more time, I might go crazy.”