My mother-in-law was telling me today about how my sister-in-law’s inlaws favor one of their grandchildren (not my SIL’s) over all the others. They buy this one child more gifts at Christmas and let the others watch him open them.
It’s not a matter of price, my MIL told me, like if the others got one big gift and the Golden Grandchild got more things adding up to equal value. It’s flat out that this kid gets more. (side note: it terrifies me to think what this doing to the Golden Grandchild)
And my SIL’s son went home bawling the first year this happened, wondering why they didn’t love him as much.
Now, apparently my nephew has become numb to it (my MIL claims he’s over it, but I called boloney and said he’ll never forget).
Then my MIL pulls out this peach: “But I know they’re good people…”
Which sent me sputtering, “No, they are not. Who does that to a child? To their grandchildren. That’s horrible. They are not good people.”
She tried to argue that they don’t know what they are doing. I said yes they do. Then she says that it’s mostly the grandfather, to which I replied, “So why doesn’t the grandmother do something about it?”
Ask me why my MIL is defending these people who hurt her own grandchildren and her daughter. That I have no clue about, especially since she started this conversation kind of outraged at them.
She agreed that the grandmother should do something “like make him put the extra gifts away until the other kids aren’t around to see the favoritism.”
I was like, “Um, no. She should either tell him to cut that shit out or even the tally by buying the other kids equal amounts.”
She didn’t really disagree with me at that point. The conversation ended with me saying, “They are NOT good people.”