I would love to write a light, funny post today.
Instead, I have been sucked into the world of crazymakers.
You’ve surely run across these people. The ones who create havoc at every turn. The ones who do their level best to drag the rest of the world into their drama. The ones who deliver an ugly rant to cover their own insanity, doing their best to make sure you get the message that you, yourself, are actually the person who sucks.
Really, I truly hope you have never run across one of these people. I’ve run into them in the workplace and in volunteer situations. Never easy, but when they’re just kind of casually crossing your path, you can shrug it off.
Sadly, I’ve had at least three crazy makers in my extended family. And one of them is on the warpath right now. With every weapon in her arsenal pointing right at my head.
There’s so much baggage involved with this person I’d have to pay to check it even if I were traveling on Southwest. (Apologies for the lame joke. I’m under stress.)
In the past I’ve survived by ignoring it, or by putting my head down and pretending everything was sunshine and light. It’s VERY obvious now that this strategy will no longer work. A long-term solution, complete with confrontation and grown-up conversation is going to have to take place. There will have to be extremely difficult decisions about how extended family gatherings will take place in the future, because the established routine is no longer possible. We don’t get much together time with our wonderful children as it is, and I refuse to allow the little time we have to be tainted by crazy.
I’m angry. Resentful. It’s not like I don’t have enough going on in my life. Now I get to use up whatlittle emotional energy I have left over at the end of the day on a situation I did not cause and I do not deserve.
So, as I say I really hope you’ve never had to put up with this kind of crap. But if you have, and if you have any words of encouragement, I’d love to hear them.