The issue is that my relationship with my MIL is now entering my professional life...I just started my new job, which is a job that my MIL is part of....she works for a different company and has a different role; one that includes overseeing the company I work for. When I applied for this job I sent my resume to my now boss...and she sent it to the next person on the ladder who (I didn't realize it at the time) was my MIL. During the time I was waiting for an interview and then to start working my MIL and I never spoke about the job, though she did mention it to my BH.
Last week (my first week) my MIL showed up at my office for a routine check in to make sure everything is being done correctly.
After she left one of my new co-workers asked if I knew her (we have a unique last name) and I told her she is my MIL. the coworker began asking me about her, and I got the impression the coworker thought that A) I got the job just because of my MIL or B) I'm some kind of tattle tale who is going to report back everything to her.
I told the co worker my MIL didn't know I had applied there and then said that we don't get along.
So since then she keeps bringing up my MIL and has asked why she hates me so much. I did tell her my BH and I were separated recently and said that's part of the reason my MIL hates me.
So now that I am done babbling, how do I handle this situation w my very curious new coworker? I don't want to tell her the truth for so many reasons, but I'm also sick of the questions, and certainly don't want everyone to think I got the job cuz of my MIL!!!
Also I was talking with that coworker and another today, and the subject of infidelity came up (the other employee recently got divorced after discovering her husband's affairs). The co-worker who always questions me asked if my husband had cheated on me....I said no and left it at that.
How do others deal with the topic of infidelity when discussing it with new people?
I feel like even though I am trying to start over, it's just not going to happen
Slightly off-topic but there were some other things in your post that stood out to me. First, you keep saying your MIL hates you. Instead, why aren't you referring to her as the MIL whom you hurt? It feels like there is a subtle shift in blame or a slight victim mentality you have by repeatedly stating MIL hates you.
MIL is hurting, she is upset and worried about her son and grandchild. Saying that she hates you makes it sound like she is this evil person who enjoys holding grudges. It is a subtle phrasing and maybe I am reading too much into it. If so please disregard. I know you are owning the fallout from your actions. Just don't forget to show others some grace and mercy as they work on rebuilding their trust and love towards you.
The second thing is how you are hoping to start over but that may not happen if word gets out at your new job about your affair. I just wanted to share my experience with this as word DID get out to all of my family and friends and started floating around our small town.
Starting over for me wasn't just about doing new things, new jobs, getting away from AP, etc. It was about changing who I was on the inside. It was/is about becoming an honest and trustworthy person to myself and to others.
So, once word got out I felt very conflicted on how to handle it. I didn't want to fuel the gossip. But I didn't want to lie. What kind of a fresh start is it if you are lying about your past or hiding things? So when one of my close friends called and laughingly told me she heard this funny rumor about me and OM..... well, I had two options. I could have laughed it off and been snarky about ridiculous small town gossip. Anyone that knows me would have a hard time believing I would ever have an affair. Instead, I chose to be as honest as I could without encouraging gossip. I told my close friend the whole truth.
Bringing things to the light, rather than hiding them in the dark, is so much a better option for me now. My BH and I came to an agreement on how to handle it since he had the same concerns about gossip. Now, if I am ever asked about it I plan to say that I did get too close to OM and that it was very inappropriate and extremely hurtful to my BH and my family. Without giving specifics I can still own my actions, admit my faults to others, and use it as an opportunity to reiterate where my heart lies now.
[This message edited by GraceRunner at 12:08 AM, October 17th (Thursday)]
And I do understand what you mean about being honest about the A in order to really change and start over. I have been honest and admitted my wrong doings to those close to me.....but since my new co workers dont know me, Im afraid if I am honest and say "I left my old job and was separated from my husband because I had an affair with a parent at the center" than I will instantly be judged and who knows, maybe lose this job also.
"I left my old job and was separated from my husband because I had an affair with a parent at the center"
Personally, I do not think you should tell anyone you work with about your personal life. Keep it all professional. When coworkers start gossiping, simply step away.
When your coworker starts asking about the situation b/w you and your MIL, tell her it's personal and you want to keep your work relationship separate from your personal relationship - especially because she is family. Period. You owe her no further explanation.
And if she finds out about your A from her BF, then ask her to keep it private between the two of you. It is something that you and your BH/family are working through.
Guns don't kill people; Affairs kill people
And I dont think my friend will say anything to my coworker and have already asked her to keep it private
I also agree your MIL needs time. What was your relationship like before the A?
This is a good opportunity for you to practice and develop healthy boundaries. Since I have been thinking about boundaries I've recognized that I have been in workplaces where boundaries are non existent in most conversations and I have had jobs where conversations were friendly and colleagial while appropriate boundaries were observed. The workplace with boundaries was a lot more comfortable for everyone with a lot less drama.
You can set the example and keep your workplace professional and respectful.
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Profoundly grateful Every. Single. Day. that I am blessed with an H with strength, integrity, and compassion, and that he decided to try.
I dont think I have ever worked in a place where there have been healthy boundaries.....honestly I don't even think I would know what it looks like.
I have already noticed the drama and gossip that goes on in small businesses and have only been here two weeks!!
How do I avoid this and what do healthy work boundaries look like?