November 18, 2008 5:33 AM Subscribe
Background: My brother & his wife live in her South American country. My parents and I live in the same town in the USA. My sister-in-law is visiting us as part of a business trip to America, and staying with my parents. The energy between myself and her could not be worse.
posted by tarantula to human relations (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
She is one of the most humorless people I have ever met, and spends a lot of her energy saying how stupid Americans are, and how great she is. (She is a very high level climate change policy representative). The last time I visited them, it took weeks to recover emotionally and physically from the stress. It took every ounce of will-power to contain the string words I would have liked to unleash in her general direction.
But I feel this nagging family obligation to spend time with her during her visit--fully knowing that it would be awkward and painful. There is a similar feeling from my parents about her general unpleasant personality, and I feel terrible that they have had to have her as a guest for a week.
Do I have an obligation to be a part of her visit? Any tips or stories would be helpful.