*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events as told to me by a friend who experienced them firsthand; used with permission.*
My friend Chelsea’s sister, Maddy, is one of the most rude, entitled people I know. She’s selfish, she’s inconsiderate, she even had the audacity to ask her sister to change her wedding date so that it would better suit her schedule.
It’s not a nice thing to say, but I never expected Maddy to find a man who would want to marry her and be joined to her forever, but then came Craig. Craig was a very nice man, a hard worker with a good job, and very good looking. However, he wasn’t exactly the brightest bulb in the box when it came to things in relationships.
Maddy often complained that Craig never went out of his way to do anything for her. He never did things like get her flowers or gifts for their little anniversaries, and even birthday and Christmas gifts were modest. What bothered her even more was that once they moved in together when they got engaged, she found that he was a slob that didn’t pick up after himself. On top of that, he had to be asked repeatedly to do things that Maddy thought he should put upon himself to do, like take out the trash or mow the lawn.
At any rate, Maddy loved him regardless of his flaws and went on planning the wedding. The week finally came and Craig’s mother flew into town for the ceremony. She didn’t want to stay at a hotel for a week and couldn’t really afford it anyway, so Craig offered her up the spare bedroom in their house to stay.
Maddy wasn’t very please with this, not wanting her future mother-in-law underfoot the entire week before her wedding that she was planning to try to enjoy with her closest girlfriends.
On the second morning Craig’s mom was there, Maddy slept through her alarm and woke to find Craig gone from their bed. She meandered downstairs with her bedhead hair and bad breath in her bathrobe, into her kitchen where she stopped short, her heart thudding in her chest.
Sitting at her kitchen table having coffee were Craig, his mother, and Craig’s ex-girlfriend Annie.
“What… is she doing here?” Maddy blurted out, not one to hold back her feelings, and she was feeling very angry.
“Oh, I invited Annie over for coffee,” Helen, Craig’s mother, said. “I just missed her so much.”
Maddy was enraged that her future mother-in-law had the audacity to invite Craig’s ex to their house on the week of their wedding. She stormed back upstairs and when Craig came to try to calm her down she wouldn’t let him in the room until she heard Annie’s car leaving the driveway over an hour later.
“I didn’t know she was coming, I swear, I went downstairs and she was already there,” Craig said, pleading with Maddy to believe him.
She did believe him, and the marriage went on, but Maddy never did warm up to her mother-in-law.
Would you have?
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