And boy am I GLAD I opted for visiting my mom! husband's three sisters and their families decided to meet at an Olive Garden to celebrate the late-summer family birthdays (brother in law#3 & nephew for August, difficult child 1 & husband for September). Since my mom was feeling kinda fragile yesterday, husband said it was a perfect excuse for me to get out of this event and he said he'd "cover" for me. When I got home tonight, my kids were the first to both regale me with the details and vent over the pettiness and drama that, as usual, developed during the meal. But one thing that really stood out, and that upset my kids and really irritated me was sister in law#2's response when husband explained that the reason I wasn't there, that my mom had been struggling a bit emotionally and wanted some company: "Why would she need GCVMOM's company?" To which husband replied, "Uh, because her dad just died!" And the retort sister in law#2 blurts out, "Well geez, that was two weeks ago!" O. EM. FRICKIN. GEE. So apparently, in that woman's tiny little mind, a 47-year relationship (good, bad or indifferent) is something my mother should be completely over in a matter of two weeks (although technically, it's been three weeks, so I guess she's waaaay overstepped her allotted time for grief). Is it ANY wonder that I cannot stand that woman? I am SO done with her.