My psuedo-happy family life has been ruptured. If I want to be generous, I can say it's due to the near-sightedness, vindictiveness and selfishness of my daughter-in-law.
Now that you know how I really feel, I'll move on.
My son is back living with me, paying off debts, continuing grad school and we are working to hammer out legal visitation with my grandchildren.
Of course I want to throttle the kids' mother for making certain decisions, and her large family who played a huge part in this breakup. But I do believe that what we do comes back to us in time. And the most important thing now is to stay close with my three-year old granddaughter who has been shattered by this situation. I will bite my tongue, smile when I don't want to, and spend as much time with the child as possible, even among mine enemies.
And hopefully in time, enemies we will be no more. We can always hope.
I was just getting my Ebay house clearance up and running, just starting to write again, and as usual with the in-laws, something exploded.
But this explosion is final, hopefully or will be soon. And then my contingent can have a routine that allows my son and myself (and the girl) some stability and peace.
Trust, like glass, doesn't break on its own. It takes an act of will for it to be broken and once shattered, it cannot be repaired, only replaced.