1. Thou shall never draw attention to his accent (or lack thereof).
Yes, he grew up in Dallas. No, not everyone in Texas has the twang we’ve come to expect from Hollywood movies. But one thing’s for sure: if you keep making fun of his strong accent or the fact he doesn’t have one, you won’t be dating very long.
2. Thou shall quietly smile and nod at the ridiculous and racist things his parents say.
His relatives vote Republican, and probably have more outdated views than a 90-year-old on Long Island. Nevertheless, they are family, and you’ll come to appreciate the balancing act he has to perform when coming home for the holidays.