This may be a long week. We have Cheri’s family up from Virginia. To explain it fairly easily, Virginia family loves the Virginia family. Indiana family loves the Indiana family. If you mix it, there’s a tolerance to the other. But there is usually lots of strain and stress.
Today, the first full day the family was up here, everything came to a boil and then boiled over. It was ugly. I’m not going to go into much detail, but I will leave it with, it was not a pretty sight. I kind of got dragged in and I just tried to keep out of it. I tried to be a peacekeeper when I could, but nobody wanted to listen to me. I don’t know how it finished, I’m not even sure if some of the Indiana family will still talk to us. I’m hoping they will. I’m hoping the stress of the situation will go away when they go back to Virginia. This family is so screwed up because of past grudges that some can’t let go. So everything builds up until it explodes. I rarely see my wife cry, and she was to that point today.
Stuck in the middle are the kids. I felt so bad for my niece and nephew while everyone was going at it. I tried talking to them, asked them if they were ok. They said they were, but I don’t think they were. They had this, get me the hell out of here look in their eyes. I’m still not sure if they are ok, but I hope they are.
In the end, we have a houseguest. Our son is staying with us for the week and as far as I know is going camping with us this weekend. It’s nice to see him again and I know Cheri is enjoying her time with him. I know our oldest daughter is really enjoying seeing him. The brother/sister combo hate each other when they have to live together, but now that they live in different states, they love each other. It’s nice to see. The only bad part is our son is bored, there really isn’t much for him to do here. Especially since his bed is the living room couch. He went out with his sister and her friends, but I get the feeling that his crowd and her crowd are 2 different crowds.
All I know is, I volunteered to go to work tomorrow. So hopefully, I stay out of everything. I’m looking forward to getting out of the house for the first time. Even though I’m pretty sure my wife thinks I want out of the house all the time. I definitely want out this week.
I do have some posts planned for this week, the question will be whether or not I get to them. Guess we’ll see. I may want to stay away all week. Think they’d notice if I snuck in and took my laptop to the nearest Wifi spot?