Monday 20 February 2012

Melodramatic Monday

Well, a change is as good as a rest, right ? My MIL often fans the tiny melodramatic spark in me, and this time you, Dear Reader, must pay the price.

The children have been away for a week staying with my MIL, at Mini Diva's request. Plans and arrangements were made, which - not for the first time - have crashed and burned because my MIL changes things at the last moment without much apparent thought for the effect on other people, who may have made their own subsequent plans and arrangements based on what was originally agreed, for example, the MOT for the car, a long-awaited, anticipated and promised day trip, meals and days out for my MIL who was expected to return the children and visit for a few days. At least this time the spanner in the works does not upset the children. This disruptive behavior is compounded by my DH bending over backwards to accommodate her.

I'm not even going to get into the (admittedly petty) fact that each. and. every. single. one. of DH's siblings and their significant others received a hand-knitted scarf from me last year as birthday gifts. That's 9 scarves; made from rather expensive yarn, too. One person didn't even bother to say thank you. My own birthday gifts this year from his family ? One. A lovely gift, from the same person who gave me a thoughtful gift last year.Yes, and I know we don't give just to receive, but this is just an extra few straws on this camel's back. I might feel a bit ashamed later, but right now I'm boiling angry. Obviously I won't be wasting my time and money this way again.

Oddly enough, how this makes me feel vicious and stabbity was not what I meant to write about. But I feel better for letting even a bit of it out, so it can stay. After all, it's not like any of my family or in-laws read this blog.

And then, the coup de grâce was the discovery made while mucking out Mini Diva's sty; no, no, no - nothing interesting and talk-show-worthy like drugs or birth control; after all, she isn't quite 9 years old yet. But if I hadn't totally lost my sense of humor just now, I'd be laughing:


  1. That note is BRILLIANT. Keep it forever. There willl be an appropriate time to produce it lol!

    Just don't put big effort into their gifts next time. Save all that effort for folks like us that PRECIATE all that hard work :-D


  2. Oh, I think you need a *hug* And maybe some gin. Trust me when I say your daughter will regret that note sooner rather than later. As for the mother in law and her associated drama? I recommend more gin ;)

  3. Definitely save the hand-made for those that are worthy. Saves so much unnecessary expense of negative energy.

    And I have to admit - I laughed out loud when I saw Mini-Diva's note. Definitely save it. I'm certain you will both have a good laugh at it in future (far away from your MIL). :)


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