We went to see my in-laws yesterday. No my MIL, but the "other ones". That would be my FIL, Ronnie and his wife, Gloria. We have not seen them in months. Our last visit with them ended with FIL telling us that Savannah was not a good kid and needed to be spanked more often for basically every little thing that she does. Don't get me started.
Now, I can tolerate the other ones better than MIL, I am not sure why. They have at least made an effort with Dan and I to get along and help us out. But Dan did TOTALLY blow it with them unintentionally. He forgot to call them when Breydan was born. Big mistake. He got an earful for that one.
They let us know that we are in danger of being "cut off" by Dan's grandmother. She is old and grouchy and is threatening to do so because Dan does not call or visit. Perhaps becasue she IS actually mean and grouchy....hmmmm.... Dan's family is a deep well that I can draw from. I'm sure one day I will get fed up and tell you all about them. I am so glad Dan turned out normal. Now let me tell you, Dan is a great guy. He puts up with SO much junk from his family. They aren't a openly loving and communicative bunch. He visits his parents and grandmother when he can and when he can tolerate it, usually only to be met with nastiness. He does love them anyway, God help him. And I respect him for that...and love him even more for his loyalty. I feel very lucky to have the fantastic family that I have. At least we can depend on them to be normal....well maybe not normal...but loving and kind.