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  • #298539

    anita
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    Dear curiousknowledgeseeker:

    You are welcome. I hope you shift your loyalty from his family of origin to yours, make the legacy of what your parents taught you come back to life in your own home.

    anita

    #298625

    JayJay
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    You’re welcome from me too!  I repeat Anita’s wishes for your future too.

    I hope these relatives can consider your requests and agree to visit separately. And that all goes well.

    Jay

    #325483

    Hi Anita and hi Jay Jay,

    I have an update from this post. My husband requested sis in law to visit us separately due to past issues during her visit. The in laws still resisted and said “nothing will happen this time and that I should not worry etc.” At that moment, I went ahead and sent out an email to the entire family pointing out that it was inappropriate behavior on her part during last visit as she brought up delicate family issues in husband’s absence instead of addressing to him. After this, there was no response from anyone. But they went ahead and did what we asked. Accordingly , the in laws visited us for 50 days. They went and visited the sis in law at her home during the visit. So, all that went great.

    But after that email, there has been zero communication between me and my sis in law. She had sent a gift for my baby through in laws. I did not acknowledge or thank her for it at the time. Recently, after the in laws left, I thought that I should at least  acknowledge and thank her for the gift. So, I texted her to say thank you and that we missed thanking her before as we had been so busy. She sent a short reply saying “no problem, love to kids”. Now, since sending out this text message I have been having some regret/ mixed feelings. I feel like I never received an apology from sis in law after pointing out her mistake in that email and that I should not have been the first one to message her after that or to extend the olive branch. Though I am not sure, if a mere act of thanking someone for a gift they send qualifies as an olive branch. I feel like I should have let her approach me / write to me first. I almost feel like by messaging her, I kind of conveyed that it is ok now and that I let it go, when in fact I am still upset and not over it. So, I feel like I lost every  opportunity to receive an apology from her. I feel upset over my own action and I can’t go back in time and undo that now. On the other hand, had I not thanked her for the gift, I would possibly think that it wasn’t nice of me to not thank her. Sometimes, I feel like the mind is a killer, no matter what we do it will find a way to upset you.

    Do you think I am right in my thinking? Or am I overthinking this? Is there anything I can do now to show my anger?

     

    #325493

    anita
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    Dear curiousknowledgeseeker:

    Welcome back to your own thread! It is a good thing that you accomplished what you aimed for: to not have your sister in law staying at your home while your parents in law visited you. So what happened is that your parents in law stayed in your home and later stayed in their daughter’s home.

    I think it was appropriate that you sent your sister in law a short thank you message for her gift. It was not you submitting to her or letting her win- it is just a polite small message, that is all.

    You shared how very traditional your husband’s family is, and according to the tradition, parents live or extensively visit the home of their son, not the daughters. This is what you accommodated having his parents in your home for 50 whole days. I don’t think tradition requires that you accommodate sisters in law, is it.

    I wouldn’t send any other message at this point and focus on just one thing: do not have this sister in law in your home.

    anita

     

    #325631

    Hi Anita,

    Thanks for your reply. yes, the message was short. Just asking how they were , thanking for gift adding we missed thanking before being busy and sending love to her kids. Nothing else. Is that too much?

    Yes, I agree. I don’t want to do anything from here on. I honestly feel like I am done having this relationship and don’t want to talk ever again. So, I think I might be done here in her case.

    #325655

    anita
    Participant

    Dear curiousknowledgeseeker:

    No, I don’t think the message was too much. Next time she sends you a gift, send her a short thank you message again, this time send it  on time, so there will be no apology in the message for not having said thank you to her earlier. Send her something like: thank you for the lovely gift. I hope you have a good summer”, something like that.

    You need as much autonomy in your own home as possible. You need to have a say as to who gets to be there! It is enough that you don’t like your sister in law so to decide to not have her in your home.

    anita

    #325687

    Hi Anita,

    thanks for that again! Normally, I consider myself quite a good and thoughtful communicator. Also the reason, I am slightly disappointed in myself for that text. Think there was a mixed psyche behind this action . I think I had some guilt play on my mind for calling her out in the email to the family. I know that it was the truth & i don’t believe in shying from telling the truth ever, but I know that can hurt someone. Hence , the dilemma at the time of texting I think. I think there were 2 feelings in play at the time I texted her, one the slight guilt and the other side , the anger. But in that moment, I think the former was stronger . Hence the ability to be polite. Now after texting, I feel the anger has gotten stronger. So much so that now to make my stand I don’t want to have any relations with her. Is it common to be so stressed over small acts like these?  Or do I overthink. Especially in her case even the littlest of actions like these. Is this habit something I can get over & how?

    #325699

    anita
    Participant

    Dear curiousknowledgeseeker:

    You are conflicted, anger on one hand, guilt on the other. When in conflict, we overthink. Is this kind of conflict (and overthinking) something new to you, that is, something that started after you got married and is specific to the tradition you found yourself in since being married, or is it something that happened before?

    (I will soon be away from the computer for a few hours or so).

    anita

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