Walking Off the Field

My mother in law doesn’t like me. Let’s just get that out of the way up front. There’s a story behind it, as there is behind every contentious relationship, and the story has two sides, as they all do, and I believe mine is right, as every person does.

The particulars don’t make a bit of difference, so I won’t go into them. Imagine the worst kind of misunderstanding occurring between two people with vastly different perspectives and attitudes about life. Now multiply that by divorce, strong wills, the minefield of a blended family, independent attitude, a dash of Irish temper, and a silenced, divisive family history working like a burr under the saddle, and the result will be unpleasant with a factor of ten. Continue reading