Anyone else out there feel like this? I have a sister who could 'do no wrong', but has done everything wrong in her life, drugs, alcohol, prostitution, criminal record, violent tendancies, cheating on consecutive spouses, knocked up by another man, etc etc etc, yet I'm the one who's help to a higher standard of propriety for me, my spouse and my children because, well, we know better. I've taken my mother into my home during her illness because, frankly, no one else wanted her criticism (and oh yes, she is so critical), yet everyone else sees fit to criticize us (me, my wife and kids) for our lack of "social propriety".
Today I decided to beg off a family wedding because I'm just so exhausted, and my aunt chooses to come and tell me how disappointed she is. I nearly threw her out of my house. Her son barely knows who we are yet I'm expected to drive four hours to his destination wedding and cough up at least $500 when, quite frankly, I'm too emotionally exhausted. A couple weeks ago my aunt gave my daughter a dressing down in public because she made a comment about death that my aunt felt was not appropriate in a restaurant. In private I let into my aunt that HER behaviour towards my daughter was not appropriate, and now she is all put out. She said she expected better behaviour from me and my daughter. Ha. Then my mother had to get into it, saying that my daughter's and my behaviour is unacceptable. "You have to be the role model for the entire family because, really, you are the only male left."
Don't mean to whine, but just had to get it off my chest. ARGHHHHHHHH!!! Family!