I don't know what to do. I don't think I'm capable of going, but I can't make my kids suffer because I can't do something.
Their baby was born in Sept and they are happily househunting. He finally left 4/03.
[This message edited by Meadhbh at 9:30 PM, April 28th (Sunday)]
Your SIL plans a party WITH you and then invites the WH (without discussing how this might go down????) & WH is bringing - OW to your son's communion party. Less than a month from him walking out? Hell no! I would be livid! And that would likely be the last time I talked to SIL. I wouldn't go, I wouldn't help in anyway shape or form. Let WH take DS - you do something special with him to celebrate... On top of everything else - this is too much... What an insensitive clueless beeatch to do that without discussing it with you!!!
Not because I can't be the bigger person, but because that day should be one of happiness and unity with family, friends, and God.
With the whore there - you will have none of that. I am pissed at your SIL for being so insensitive!!
It's OKAY to be scared.
Being scared means you're about
to do something really, really brave.
I give two suggestions, but keep in mind I'm not sure how the party goes, but I do know this is a big deal your child will remember and may remember you not being a part of it with some hurt or bitterness a long time after you even care what your WS is doing. So, best child sees mom celebrating communion day. And with that, I suggest:
1. If keep same plan, then go for any part of party where your kid takes center attention, like a congrats or speech or something, applaud him, grab the chocolate off the table and then disappear for a time (go home, go to a library, visit a neighbor?) until child is ready to go home with you. Kid gets to beam in front of mom, gets to play with cousins and you avoid the WS and his OW.
2. Talk to other single moms in your neighborhood about what is best to do, and if they say two parties are OK, then tell your sister-in-law that it is too early for both you and WS to be at the same party, and the whispering gossip and people watching both of you and how you react to each other would take the attention from your child, so you will have two parties and not a merged one.
Make sure that you make it look as if you're doing best for child -keeping attention on child and not on gossip about his dad and pregnant OW that could embarrass child, so she can't tell everyone you're a petty witch for separating the parties.
Your child can go to her party for her child without you - and her ex can go and they cna make it a double honor for the child without you there.
SIL and her child can attend your party, but that OW and the ex won't be invited to your separate one. Problem there is that the SIL's child will expect to be honored there, as well, if your kid honored at SIL child's party, so you can honor both but on stipulation your ex keeps his butt at home.
[This message edited by Heavy Sigh at 10:45 PM, April 28th (Sunday)]
Your SIL does not seem to value marriage and the sacrament of it if she allows STBXH to be there with his pregnant whore. There are no ifs and buts about it.
I am so very sorry she is doing this to you. Whether you are a believer and reject this based on the commandments or whether you are a good moral person who knows right from wrong - this is so wrong in many ways, it is sickening.
I would inform her that there will be no joined 'party' under these circumstances and that you will host your own celebration for your children.
[This message edited by fraeuken at 1:21 AM, April 29th (Monday)]
No - I would have your own party. I would make it clear to SIL that you understand she may choose/have to accept OW into her life but you will not share this milestone with her. I would aka add that it was incredibly rude or her to invite OW without consulting you first given it is a shared party.
WTF, seiously. Who the fuck ARE these people??
I would not be upset if my X-ILs accept OWUmpteen. I have chosen not to keep in touch with them because they are and always will e his family. I don't begrudge them - they are in a difficult situation.
But bugger that if thy thought his shit would fly with me. Not even for a milisecond.
You may need to cut his family off friend. At least for a while. If you do have contact it needs to be on the understanding that NC with the X is still in play. No info, no news, no gossip, no discussion.
I'm so mad for you right now. Your son too. That is COMPLETELY unacceptable. It would still be bad years out but especially so at this point in time.
She needs her head checked.
zamas, i don't remember who was at my communion party. i was a kid. i wanted the donuts. i was proud but mainly just glad the church part was over. i bet i'd remember it better if my dad showed up with a pregnant woman and my mom spent the day grey, on the edge of tears and throwing up in the bathroom. i don't know, i'd probably still be sort of oblivious with all the cousins there and whatnot.
if we can safely say that you not going to this party won't scar your children for life, then let's talk about what scars you might end up with. what do you have to prove by showing up? that you can take a gut punch and total humiliation with grace? that you keep a good game face on while someone wholeheartedly abuses you emotionally in front of everyone?
do you want to remember this occasion by the panic attacks you stifled?
it seems hard, and i know that if for no other reasons than fairness and spite, you can't stand the idea of giving up this party to them. your other choice is to celebrate with your son in a way that is special and gracious and between you, your son and God. you might look back on it as the moment you began to live your new life...in strength and honesty.
i don't know what i'd do if i were you right now. it's so easy to type out "you should's." (((((zamas))))) i've been following along with your story because i empathize so deeply with so much of it.
hang in there.
[This message edited by stretch13 at 8:56 AM, April 29th (Monday)]
life must be rich and full of loving--it's no good otherwise, no good at all, for anyone - j. kerouac
Family is a tricky business after an A, indeed. I and DD are dealing with it, too. And for 5 years have dealt with it with my divorced parents. That's frustrating because my mother didn't cheat but walked off and often challenges my father to be at occassions or events where she is.
She wishes to stroll memory lane with him and some other things and it makes me gag.
I can't help but wonder if this is something of a challenge from you inlaw to you, but I don't know.
The post that speaks of First Communion being a religious event is a good one and relevant, though so are the others. An A is not a religious thing so inviting the people or person (OW) doesn't make sense, except for the inlaw trying to please your WH as a relative. Anyway..
It appears that you have some decisions to make, some similar to what I do. Weights and measures have to come out and my thought is that it is about your son, really and what's best for him.
Another thought is, what are you able to live with later and what do you want for memories, for both of you?
It wasn't decent of them to invite OP, that I agree with, or at best they should have approached you about it during the planning. For me, I would not have trust for them now.
It sure is a lot to think about and is awful that they made such problems for what is supposed to be a really nice and positive occassion.
Your son and the other boy worked really hard to arrive at this stage of their lives, for it's so much work to acheive your first communion, no matter what form of religion.
And it's not easy for you I imagine, because if you are not well inside, how can you be the best for him and provide needs for each of you?
The post that talked about going for the main events of the party is a good one and you would have that for remembrance for he and you later on. That has carried me through many dark times, when I've come through an impossible-feeling task.
This weekend, for instance, I went to my first occassion with the inlaws, without Perv there but with DD, and I did it. For once their rug sweeping worked in my favor and I only started to cry, but held it.
Maybe going for the cake, or if he gets a present if they are the type that plan the activities of these events, it may be good for your strength later on-but I can certainly understand if you had your own party and just let your son attend.
Sorry to write such a long letter.
A person is a person, no matter how small. -Dr. Suess
Perserverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.
My WH's brother and sister in law added OW on FB. I immediately deleted and blocked them from mine
Also his cousin, who by the way knew about the affair and even lied to OW and went along with WH's version of our relationship to OW, well he had OW on FB before DD, when I fiqured out who OW was, I asked him to delete and he did
But lately added her again, so he's been deleted and blocked too
My kids can have a relationship with WH family but if those that have disrespected our relationship will NOT be a part of MY life
hang in there
Maybe let your SIL know that you can't come if OW will be there. If she has an empathy at all she will understand. Or better yet, she will make sure her brother knows that OW isn't invited and better not be there!
If she can't understand that, you probably need to distance yourself from SIL too because she can't have your best interest at heart if she thinks you should be able and willing to deal with that kind of craziness so soon after he imploded your lives!
Before making any changes to your plans I would talk to SIL and point out that it is inappropriate for OW to be there given the religious significance of the event. Having WH bring a pregnant OW to the event is not the best example for her son either. Perhaps she was put in a very difficult situation by your WH. We all know what kind of selfish behavior a WS is capable of.
I hope you are able to come to a decision that is good for your son and enables you to keep your sanity. I'm so sorry this is happening.
I saw him, I could not unsee him. -StrongButBroken
There came a point when it was too painful to love him, so I stopped.