At a family dinner with my husband’s extended family, they wanted to get a picture of all the great grandkids – about 15 total. Mine are 2 and 4, not the youngest and certainly not the oldest. They wanted them to stand shortest to tallest. Considering my children have only met these cousins maybe 3 times in their short lives, they were not very comfortable with them. My 4 year old was crying that she did not want to stand with kids she did not know. My MIL got right in her face and told her that sometimes she needed to do things she didn’t want to do, and that she’d better “put her family’s wants and needs in front of her own wants and needs.” Then she leaned in even closer and cruelly said “So suck it up!”
I don’t know why, but my MIL always shocks me speechless. I don’t say anything, and then kick myself later. But really, how do you respond to something like that? Help!