And MIL paid a visit.
I am struggling to get my problems behind. Some days I am upbeat, and some others days I couldn’t get out of my hole of despair. I am tired of feeling hurt and betrayed. I am tired of whining and complaining. I want to get my life back, but I don’t know how.
Today is one of those days that I could help with a ray of hope and some sprinkle of sunshine. I needed to motivate myself to run my day but alas I shouldn’t have been so quick to make my wishes.
Guess who came calling. My adorable every faultfinding Mother -in – law.
“Finally my son has decided to give me a grandson. Our name won’t die.”
I was speechless. There was no love lost between my Mother – in- law and me, but this blatant display of lack of empathy was the height of it all.
My relationship with the mother in law was not always this bad. I remember the first day, JK took me to meet his parents.
Mother – in – law was all over me with delight and affection gushing with how I had brought sunshine to her son’s life. I could not have asked for another, but somewhere along the line, the love flew out of the window. I have asked her severally if I had done anything to offend her and every time she kept saying there was nothing. Those were the days when the communication line was still open.
She rarely comes to the house anymore I gathered from JK himself, she visits him in the office or summons him to her home whenever she wanted to see him.
She was superb with her grandkids. You could not fault her in any way. They were her Achilles heel.
JK took them over to her place every weekend. I have long stopped trying to be the ideal daughter-in-law.
I grimaced with every jab she fired at me with her words as sharp as a double-edged knife.
“A woman who can’t bear a son is no woman,”
“Mama!” I gasped.
“Don’t Mama me. I am not your mother!” she shouted.
“Did you think I would sit down with my hands folded while the lineage of my dear husband dies because you are content with baring two children and stopping in the name of fashion and being modern?”
I held myself from retorting that she should remember she only had a child.
“If you want to stop baring kids then you should have been sensible to have a boy.” She hissed the words with contempt.
I felt intense pain in my heart with every word she uttered. I could feel my slender form wilting like a flower in the hot scorching sun.
“I am going to make sure that the new woman comes into my son’s house. No grandchild of mine will be born outside. You might be making JK’s life miserable, but I came to warn you to allow him to be the man he is. If you can’t bear to stay, then leave.”
What made us women our own worst enemy? Could she have a daughter and play this same role? What was the dynamics of the mother – in – law and daughter – in- law relationship that things always had to be very nasty?
To see a wounded man and rather than help him heal, you pull the dagger into him worsening the wound. That was what my mother –in- law was doing.
I sat there not uttering a word. It was not a case of being speechless, I was too tired to argue, and the fight had gone out of me. Mother- in- law said words not worth repeating I am still struggling to forget.
One good thing that came out of the visit was clarity of what I had to do. I was no longer welcome or needed in JK’s life.
In that single moment, my mother helped me make the decision I had not been bold to make. The plan I had tried to form but could not see myself taking action. I gazed at her with awe, mentally hugging her with gratitude.
I was going to disappear from their lives for good. My girls and I. I was walking away from JK, my home and all things I held dear.
After she left, I broke down and cried heartbrokenly, deep wrenching sobs racking my slim body. I vowed this was my last set of tears over my emotional turmoil. JK and I were over for good.
Call me stupid. Call me as many names as you can think. Yeah, half my mates have not gone through what I have and have stayed in their homes. You can argue why I should deprive my girls of their father or why I can’t forgive and move on. People can voice their opinion, but they are not me. They do not wear the shoes or feel the pain. Others can tell you what to do and how to handle your challenges, but they can never be me.
Different people could go through the same problem and never take the same approach because we are all wired differently. Some are more emotional rugged and stable than others and can make it through stronger while others might fall apart slowing putting their lives together and maybe lucky to come out even stronger.
I do not have the strength you have and perhaps should you find yourself in my shoes, you might have done worse.
I love JK. It is ingrained in the woman I have become. I know without a doubt that JK loves me but the waters that have passed our bridge has destroyed the strength of the relationship we once shared. What is left are fibers too weak to withstand any further test.
Judge me. It’s my life. It is my decision, and I would live with the consequences, not you.