So, yeah. Remember this post , from back in July?
Taken in 2005.
John is on the left, I'm on the right.
My mother-in-law is in the middle.
Also, are you familiar with the literary term "foreshadowing"?
verb (used with object)
to show or indicate beforehand; prefigure.
Maybe I should have bolted way back then, in 2005, when my mother-in-law first plopped her bony ass between us.
I had no idea that it would stay there for next six years.
She has been the source of a great deal of stress and disagreements in our marriage. It got much worse after she and her ex-husband divorced; she has no social life now and decided to make our business, her business.
I don't fault her completely; her son should have put a stop to it long ago. But he didn't, and the stress built up. It ate away at our happiness. It ate away at our marriage. The stress John was under, trying to run interference between his mother and his wife....it changed him. He is no longer the funny, carefree, happy guy I married. It affected his relationship with me, and with my children.
Between that and the way both he and his mother are choosing to raise Andrew, and the way they are handling the court situation with Andrew's biological mother....I've had as much as I can take.
I'm not saying everything is all her fault. There are other problems as well. I believe that people come into our lives for a season, a reason, or a lifetime. I believe this particular season of my life is drawing to a close.
I'm not happy, and more importantly, my children are not happy.
And now, Mother In Law Dearest has won. Because I'm done. She can have all the control she wants. And everything else that comes with it.
We are not promised tomorrow. Life is too short to live this way.
I'm moving on.