MIL doesn't approve of engagement - how to set boundaries
January 11, 2019 1:04 PM   Subscribe

We invited my MIL over yesterday to talk wedding plans, and she tiraded about how she doesn't think we should be getting married. I feel hurt and offended. What kind of boundaries can I set with her to minimize hurt going forward?

I’m in a wonderful, healthy relationship of 13 months. We live together harmoniously and have a cozy home. We both have successful careers in healthcare and are financially stable. We have great communication, have overcome challenges together. I would characterize our relationship as loving and affectionate and supportive, with lots of shared goals for the future, and plans to support each other in our individual pursuits (more schooling for both of us.) I have a child from a previous relationship (seven years ago) who lives with us part-time, and I have no concerns about my current partner’s care for this child, or her boundaries (she doesn’t think of herself as a parent to him, but understands that she takes on some parenting responsibilities by living with a child and being the responsible authority when I’m not home. She loves him and wants good things for him, and centres him in her decision-making.)

Before we moved in together three months ago, we went to counselling together both to clarify partner’s relationship to my child, and how that would look, and to have a general check-up for the relationship. It went well – no major issues came up. We made a “relationship contract” at that time about our commitments to each other and our values.

Partner proposed in December. I am delighted. I can’t imagine anyone else I’d want to spend my life with. I have a lovely ring. We are planning a year long engagement and a medium sized wedding. We have booked a venue, met with caterer, picked flowers and cake, made spreadsheets, etc. etc. We plan to continue to go to counselling together up until the wedding and afterwards, just for maintenance, and because we acknowledge we have complicated histories and blended families can be tricky.

Partner’s family is not so delighted. They swear it is not because they don’t like me, but they have concerns. They think we haven’t been together long enough. They keep asking “what’s the rush?” To be completely honest, part of “the rush” is that I’m in my thirties and would like to have two more kids, and am running out of time to do that. I want to be married when I have kids.

Partner’s mother was also not in favour of us moving in together, feeling that it was too soon. Partner attributed this to partner’s mother not approving of partner’s longterm ex-partner, who was kind of irresponsible and frivolous. We got a cat together, and partner’s mother would not even acknowledge the cat or respond if we told a cute story about the cat, etc.
Partner is in their mid-thirties and speaks to their mom every day. They see their mom twice a week. Their mom feels like “they never talk anymore” and partner “never tells [mom] anything.” MIL said she felt “in the dark” about the engagement and wedding planning process, so we invited her over for lunch yesterday to talk about the wedding.

I spent the morning cooking soup and fresh bread to feed MIL, and we bought a quiche from a bakery she likes. She came over mid-afternoon and did not eat anything we prepared, but watched us eat. After lunch we sat in the living room to talk about the wedding. We shared venue pictures, invitations we’d been looking at, plans for how we would accommodate guests with various mobility and dietary needs and how we’d be inclusive to children, etc.

MIL started in on a tirade, that was prefaced with "[directed at me] you seem lovely, but," band continued to say to my partner “your father and just have a lot of questions.” Her biggest objection was that I have a child, and shouldn’t we be saving our money for custody proceedings with my ex. I have legal aid that covers my custody proceedings, so that’s really not a concern. She kept saying “where does [child’s name] fit in all this?” She also asked what about all of our other plans (ie., we both plan to do doctoral degrees in the future), as if getting married precludes these? We both have professional degrees now, so the plan is one person will support the other during each doctoral degree. I also just felt really ambushed, and like she was questioning what kind of parent I am.

Partner asked her to leave. Partner was really heartbroken and feels like some of this stems from covert homophobia (MIL calls me partner's "friend" even though we're in a committed, domestic partnership, and it would force her to acknowledge the relationship), and from a lack of trust in partner's ability to make decisions.

I guess my question is how do I respond to this and how do I set boundaries with MIL to minimize hurt for partner and I going forward.
posted by unstrungharp to Human Relations (24 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
What kind of boundaries can I set with her to minimize hurt going forward?

I think your partner needs to be in charge of the boundary setting on both of your behalfs. It might be good for her to meet with her mom one-on-one and say something like "look, mom, I hear your concerns and I know you said those things because you want the best for me, but I love my partner and this marriage is happening with or without your approval, so the best thing you can do to help me is to keep that shit to yourself." In so many words. It may or may not work, but that's step one.
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:15 PM on January 11, 2019 [41 favorites]

Partner asked her to leave. Partner was really heartbroken and feels like some of this stems from covert homophobia (MIL calls me partner's "friend" even though we're in a committed, domestic partnership, and it would force her to acknowledge the relationship)

Got all the way to the end and read that.

MIL calls me partner's "friend"

That's a huge red flag.

You and your partner need to decide how much y'all want to deal with the MIL moving forward. Her attitude and behavior towards you is not something that is going to change. The MIL is showing you what her dynamic towards you will be for the rest of the relationship and marriage. You either accept that it's going to suck and deal with the ramifications of keeping the MIL in your life or you decide that you need to severely limit the MIL's involvement in your life. You aren't obligated to suffer your MIL.
posted by nikaspark at 1:27 PM on January 11, 2019 [34 favorites]

It's possible that this is just a Mom dealing with an empty nest situation, but with your ages sounds like textbook N-Mom sort of behavior and your partner, who has been groomed to be responsive to this sort of behavior, needs to make some hard choices.

It's very good that your partner asked their mom to leave. Your partner needs to start explicitly saying that if Mom doesn't respect and at least acknowledge your relationship, that is going to result in negative consequences for HER, not for them and not for you. So, examples

- Mom calls you partner's friend "Mom, I've told you we are engaged. I'm not going to continue this conversation with you." * hangs up*
- Mom makes crappy comments about your situation with your son's parent "Mom, that situation is not your business. We are handling this together."
- Mom says she felt “in the dark” about the engagement and wedding planning process "Mom' sthat's because you have behaved appallingly and non-supportively when we've talked about ti. This is your choice."

Agree with showbiz_liz, your partner needs to be at the helm of this and needs to acknowledge that while it's crappy their Mother is making them make choices, they can't both be in a relationship with you and setting you up for abuse from their parent. Any "But I don't want to choose" talk needs to be shut down because you are their chosen family, the end.
posted by jessamyn at 1:37 PM on January 11, 2019 [36 favorites]

Her attitude and behavior towards you is not something that is going to change.

There's no way of knowing this. People change with age, and sometimes it takes people a while to accept their children for who they are. Even Jennifer Finney Boylan, a trans woman, struggled to accept that her daughter is trans (though of course she handled it better than future MIL - just saying that sometimes it takes even the most well-meaning people a while to accept what seems from the outside to be a big change).

I would be worried if my child was marrying someone after just thirteen months. This is not to say I get to weigh in on your decision, but to let you know that future MIL does not have to be a monster to have concerns. If partner speaks to her mom and sees her that much, she is presumably getting something out of the relationship, so the best outcome would be for their relationship to ultimately improve - and I don't see anything that suggests this isn't possible.

I agree that your partner needs to shut down her mother's comments. Jessamyn's suggested scripts are good. But your best bet for winning MIL over in the long run is to show your love and commitment to your partner and this relationship over time.
posted by FencingGal at 1:45 PM on January 11, 2019 [4 favorites]

You MIL reminds me of my extremely amazing, kind, lovely, lovely Mum. She is also extremely old fashioned, judgmental and resistant to things that comply with her idea of "normal"

She very well could just be taken aback by the speed with which your relationship has developed... moving in with someone after less than a year of dating does seem fast, even to me.. but my personal opinion is that your MIL is lashing out because you don't conform to her idea of normalcy.

She sounds homophobic and as if she doesn't approve of blended families, and she's using the objection that you haven't been together long enough as an acceptable smokescreen.

No, this isn't cool or OK but it's not uncommon in a certain generation, and she may NEVER come around or change or be the MIL you want her to be. She may never treat your offspring nicely. She may not even treat any children you have with your partner equally or fairly, because of deeply ingrained homophobia.. you just don't know.

Charitably speaking, she may just need time to come around.
Equally, she may always feels this way and her feelings might even intensify.

You sound like you have a really stable and loving relationship and all you can do is keep chipping away and eventually she'll see how great you are.
posted by JenThePro at 1:47 PM on January 11, 2019 [4 favorites]

FencingGal, we'll have been together for more than two years when we get married.
posted by unstrungharp at 1:47 PM on January 11, 2019 [4 favorites]

Is she paying for this? If not, she doesn't need to approve or be involved, send an invitation if you must. If so, you need to make it so she's not. There's your boundary.

Your partner will need to decide what to do about their relationship with their mother, versus their relationship with you. Therapy might be an idea. It's a little surprising that this wasn't hashed out in therapy, because her behavior in this situation is clearly not unexpected.

(Yeah, I get that there may be cultural or sub-cultural or all kinds of unspoken layers on this, but it comes down to: will your partner continue to have a relationship with a grown-ass adult who is making a specific set of choices, and if so how will they negotiate the fact that said adult thinks they have input into...any of this?)

People try to handwave this stuff off, but it's a divorce in the making already, and a loaded gun of damage to your current child and any that come along later. You can't "set boundaries" if what you mean is "make her not be so awful". Setting boundaries is stuff like "you're not allowed in our home if you talk like that" and "Partner will hang up the phone if it starts" and "Partner will choose to not have a very involved relationship with someone who hates their family, which includes not being allowed to have a relationship with the children." But the fact that Partner is still having that relationship knowing what the deal is...they're making a choice too already, and unresolved means that this concern today becomes a hundred times more high-stakes when she wants the kids visiting grandma even though grandma does always show and tell them they're flawed for having queer parents.
posted by Lyn Never at 1:48 PM on January 11, 2019 [29 favorites]

I feel like we're missing something here, because I'm not getting the "tirade" -- the questions your MIL was asking seem to be reasonable ones, and there's a lot of details in your question about fairly ambitious wedding and life plans that might be difficult to reconcile with the fact that you're currently raising a child (not to say that you couldn't do all the things, but the question itself about where your kid fits into this does not seem unreasonable on its face). I mean who knows, maybe you're downplaying how shitty she was, and the homophobia is a whole thing in itself, but drilling down on how you're going to execute your life plans is something most parents who still feel a sense of responsibility toward their adult children are gonna do, I think.

That said, this is entirely your partner's problem to solve. You discuss the in-law boundaries you'd like to see with your partner, and everybody enforces those boundaries with their own parent, good cop/bad cop style.
posted by prize bull octorok at 1:48 PM on January 11, 2019 [2 favorites]

You have my permission to do what you want and need to do with regard to your wedding, your life together, your kid and your future kids.

None of your parents or in-laws are living in your house, they are not living your life. Their doubts and fears and other feelings don't come first, second, or third.

You need to put both feet on the brakes of any conversation where a parent or in-law is pulling this childish denial bullshit like "friend." That means making it awkward and unpleasant. Hang up the damn phone! Say "Not my friend, my FIANCEE, and you've earned yourself a ticket out the front door. GOODBYE FELICIA, let's talk next week," as you take her arm and pull her to the front door.

You're going to have to do some parenting of your parents, and that means treating them like toddlers when they say "no" to the facts of your lives. Gotta put em in a time out of it comes to that. It's for their own good.

(Check out r/JustNoMIL if you feel that might be helpful.)
posted by panhopticon at 1:50 PM on January 11, 2019 [4 favorites]

This is impossible to answer without knowing whether there’s a context of abuse. Is there? Just because they talk a lot doesn’t mean the relationship is healthy!
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em at 1:52 PM on January 11, 2019

No abuse.
posted by unstrungharp at 2:01 PM on January 11, 2019

I think it's pretty normal that your partner's mom is side eyeing you guys getting engaged after 13 months. You say you'll be together for two years by the time you're getting married- that's quick!

Looking at the big picture here, I think your partner's mom is paranoid that you are rushing her daughter into a marriage so that you'll have someone to help take care of your kid. That's kind of sucky and unfair to you, but I don't think it's grossly beyond the pale as the kind of worry parents have about their kids getting into a relationship and getting engaged in a year. I wonder if this is something your partner can talk to your future MIL about a little. It might also just take time for her to see that you want the best for her daughter too. She does need to acknowledge that you're her daughter's partner, though. Sheesh.
posted by cakelite at 2:10 PM on January 11, 2019 [16 favorites]

This may have more to do with your partner's relationship with their mother than it does any feelings her mother has about you. You mention that the mother wasn't super happy about your partner's last relationship and she may be questioning her child's decision making more than questioning you.

I don't think that the length of time you've been together is shockingly short, sometimes when you know you just know. Based on the things the mother brought up, it seems like she could be more concerned about whether your partner is being realistic, not so much you.

Let your partner deal with her mother, go on planning your wedding and checking in with your therapist (who knows you both in a very different way then the mom) and don't try to include mom in wedding planning. Give her space and time so that she sees her child isn't doing anything rash or sudden. Be cordial and welcoming with the family, but wedding talk is off the table.

Again, I think this is more about the mom's concerns about your partner and their fitness for marriage rather than anything to do with you.
posted by hollygoheavy at 2:15 PM on January 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

Their mom feels like “they never talk anymore” and partner “never tells [mom] anything.”

I was ready for this question to be about a mother-in-law with poor boundaries, and then I realized, oh, this is like how my mom was around my wedding!

I started dating my ex when I was 25 or 26, and we married at age 29. I was older than my sister and mom had been at their weddings. I had a stable job, financial stability, and a boyfriend they liked. But my mom really struggled, I think in part because my dad (her ex-husband) and sister were married, and my mom and I had been good buddies and traveling pals, and she felt like she was losing me and would be the only non-married one left. This was never discussed this way; it's the only explanation I have come up with for why my mom started acted so strangely about the wedding. She was wanting to be included and was so worried I would be overwhelmed like my sister, even though my wedding was really small and I was organizing it in a community I had lived in for years. She brought up so many issues and didn't like how I handled many of them. Corsages! Decorations! Who was invited! All of it.

Honestly, my relationship with my mom changed dramatically during those few months, and it's never been the same. Strange, right? The difference, though, is that we weren't dealing with homophobia, and she does like my ex.

My mom isn't a narcissist (suggested above), but she definitely has her issues.

I suspect your MIL fears the loss and change of her relationship with her daughter. They sound very close, and your relationship with her threatens that.

Some of her issues and questions sound reasonable, I know, but given that you all went to counseling together before you moved in together, and given that you're going to have a longer engagement and continue counseling, it does seem like you're being pretty sensible about all this. I don't think waiting another year would make a difference to her. I think she's coming up with things that sound reasonable but really this is a fear of loss.

I think counseling would be a good place for you all to talk about this, not because it's going to be relationship destroying, but because that's where a lot of issues are going to come up if your partner doesn't deal with all this soon.
posted by bluedaisy at 2:46 PM on January 11, 2019 [10 favorites]

First of all, there’s the straight-up homophobia. That’s clear. MIL hasn’t been on Team Relationship since the beginning.

Second, as far as the wedding goes, I wonder if she thought her daughter’s wedding (and marriage) would bring the two of them closer because they could bond over “woman” things, and... turns out her daughter is not marrying a man. So there goes MIL’s wedding fantasy. The wedding is now a sore point for her.

Third, it sounds like you and your fiancée approached the discussion of wedding plans in a way that you intended to convey “we’re sharing” but MIL interpreted “we’re asking for your approval.” I say this because you described telling her how you would accommodate/welcome various guests. I think this might be what unleashed her tirade - she thought she heard you both asking her opinion! And she’d been desperately hoping for the chance to give it.

So it seems like you both acted in good faith, but in the future, MIL will take any opportunity to give her two cents if she thinks she’s being asked. And you’re plenty old enough not to need her permission or approval for anything you do. (I know it hurts not to feel welcomed, though!) But your number one boundary should maybe be making sure MIL knows you and your fiancée are not asking her opinion, and she’ll have to get used to that.
posted by Knowyournuts at 4:50 PM on January 11, 2019 [19 favorites]

Your partner is a grown person, as are you, and neither of you need anyone's permission to get married, have kids, or anything else. Her mother may have concerns about it, but those are her mother's burden to deal with, not something you two have to resolve. Whether it comes from bigotry or overbearing parenting or both, it's her job to manage her own feelings.

So now you, personally, have to have an awkward and possibly difficult conversation with your betrothed about telling her mom exactly that. And decide together what to do if Mom won't stop doing it.

If you can be united on this, then your marriage has passed a difficult test and it bodes well for your future together.
posted by emjaybee at 8:52 PM on January 11, 2019

What kind of boundaries can I set with her to minimize hurt going forward?

This is the wrong question. Your partner needs to set the boundaries here.
posted by DarlingBri at 3:58 AM on January 12, 2019 [3 favorites]

>we acknowledge we have complicated histories

Did your partner have a bad time with their ex?

If you’re still working out custody proceedings, how recent was your divorce?

I can understand MIL perhaps feeling protective or concerned around the timing of things and what she sees as practicalities, especially if there’s been a marked change in how forthcoming your partner has been when they talk (maybe they’re used to being quite open?).

Regardless, that behaviour is crossing the line. It is just up to your partner to work it out.
posted by cotton dress sock at 10:13 AM on January 12, 2019

@DarlingBri - partner asked me what kind of boundaries I would like them to set with their mom for both of us; they are setting the boundaries, but want me involved in the process of deciding what those are.

@cotton dress sock - divorce was seven years ago, but we continue to negotiate custody for different, unrelated reasons (changing work and school schedules, ex's second divorce, relocations, etc.)
posted by unstrungharp at 10:49 AM on January 12, 2019

I feel like an old person saying this but I agree that getting engaged after 13 months is fast. I’m reading The Five Love Languages and one of the things the author points out is that the infatuation stage of the relationship can last two years.

You can have a successful relationship if you’ve been together for less than two years when you get married. But as an example of a relationship, my husband and I started seeing each other when we were 21 and got engaged five years later. We had lived in four places together, I had changed jobs several times, we’d gone on international trips together, I took him to the hospital once, he was at my mom’s funeral, etc.

It sounds like your fiancé gets along great with your child which is wonderful but the fact that there’s already a kid involved makes it that much more important that you don’t rush this relationship. I think it’s great that you’re in counseling and plan to keep going. And I think it’s healthy that you recognize you’re rushing and why.

I realize there are dynamics at okay here that I don’t completely understand. In my opinion, your fiancé’s mom may see herself as trying to protect her child from getting hurt again. I don’t think that’s bad or wrong. She also may feel like this is moving quickly because she was so close with your fiancé and the engagement surprised her. When my husband decided to propose, he called my dad and talked to him - not asking for permission but by the end of the conversation, my dad felt like his permission had been requested and he happily gave it.

That all said, recognizing that you can’t unring a bell, is there a way to include future MIL not in wedding planning specifically but in helping you become a part of the family? I think of this in terms of 1) stuff you can do, then tell her about (take quizzes on stuff you should discuss before getting married, talk to an accountant, read books about relationships, consider a pre-nup, set up a trust for your child), and 2) stuff you can ask her about (how did her parents respond when she got engaged? Did she do pre-marital counseling with a priest or someone? What family traditions are most meaningful for her? What was fiancé like as a kid?).

I think doing those two things will be helpful for you but also helpful for your relationship with MIL. If all of your interactions going forward are about the merits of sit-down vs. buffet and table arrangements, she would understandably think you’re all about the wedding. But if you show you truly want to be a part of the family, that will demonstrate your commitment to your relationship. It might not work and she might just be a cranky mean-spirited person. But she did give birth to someone with whom you want to spend the rest of your life, so that’s encouraging. Best of luck and congratulations!
posted by kat518 at 11:57 AM on January 12, 2019 [5 favorites]

They keep asking “what’s the rush?” To be completely honest, part of “the rush” is that I’m in my thirties and would like to have two more kids, and am running out of time to do that. I want to be married when I have kids.

I don't know why anyone is shocked that a woman in her 30's who wants more kids wants to get engaged after a year. I say a year is a nice bare minimum to know someone before getting engaged, especially if (and I loathe to say it) The Clock Is Ticking. So I have no issue with that. But I think FMIL already has A Problem with the relationship existing at all and would probably be acting similarly if you'd been together five years, she'd just have one less reasonable-sounding excuse to trot out. That's where the issue is.

We got a cat together, and partner’s mother would not even acknowledge the cat or respond if we told a cute story about the cat, etc.

Yeah, that's really weird behavior unless she despises cats. I am assuming since that wasn't brought up that normally she doesn't hate cats unless it's YOUR cat. :(

Partner is in their mid-thirties and speaks to their mom every day. They see their mom twice a week. Their mom feels like “they never talk anymore” and partner “never tells [mom] anything.”

*facepalms* Oh god, the deja vu. I don't even goddamned know what to say about this. What the hell does the woman WANT? How are they "not talking" and "never being told anything" if they talk every single day?

Frankly, she is going to be "shut out" if she isn't cool with your relationship at all, and definitely isn't cool with it progressing and speaks up to say so. I don't know what your SO talks to her about or what the complaints are, but FMIL has made it fairly clear that she is Uncomfortable with the relationship. I suppose you can't make her be cool and froody with it, but if she's not okay with it, you aren't going to break up just to make her happy and maybe that's what she's been waiting/hoping for. I'm not sure if you waited another bunch of years to get married that that would please her any better--it'd be stalling so she'd feel better that you aren't a permanent member of the family, but she'd probably still object somehow.

As others said, it's on your SO to deal with FMIL and the boundaries. My suggested speech for her would be that "well, Mom, I get that you are uncomfortable with my being gay and being in a gay relationship and I get that you are uncomfortable with me marrying a woman. You have communicated that message to me very well over the last year (presumably before that with the last SO too). However, I am not going to break up with my fiancee just to make you happy and more comfortable and I'm not going to marry a man to make you more happy and more comfortable. If you can't live with my being gay and being with a woman, I get that is how you feel and I can't change that. But I also can't change my sexual preference and there's a lot of scientific evidence about that one.

But if that is how you feel and you don't particularly want to work on getting used to the idea, then well, you and I will just not have to be as close in the future. I won't involve you in my wedding planning, maybe I won't talk to you every (damn) day. You can get an invite to the wedding and maybe in a year you might actually want to go, or not, but I'm not expecting you to want to at this point. If you cannot support me and my fiancee, then I just won't be able to be very close with you any more and that's just something we will both have to live with."
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:28 PM on January 12, 2019 [2 favorites]

Partner is in their mid-thirties and speaks to their mom every day. They see their mom twice a week. Their mom feels like “they never talk anymore” and partner “never tells [mom] anything.”

This combined with the fact that you're both women makes me wonder if MIL is jealous about her no longer being "#1 woman" in your partner's life. Even though this is not always true, our culture really promotes mother-daughter-BFFhood, and while of course a daughter marrying a man is starting a new family, even then we have lots of cultural jokes that a wife may be closer to a mother or sister, emotionally, than her husband. When the daughter has a wife, there might be a fear that the mother's emotional intimacy is no longer needed. Might be worth asking your partner if that rings a bell.

(I'm not saying this means you have to accommodate MIL's feelings, just that it might help you understand what her deal is.)
posted by nakedmolerats at 6:36 PM on January 12, 2019 [2 favorites]

Congratulations! May you and your spouse have a long and happy life together.
Your mother-in-law is stressed out. She built up to The Statement (not eating, not petting the cat) and probably is more rattled than you and your partner are. You are going forward into joy. She is watching her daughter go into something and is unable to cope.
Her daughter is in her thirties. She just wants her daughter to be happy. And this is out of her control (her daughter loving another woman may or may not be an issue, but the lack of control to reorder her daughter's life definitely is).

You must love your mother-in-law. You are family now. But you do not have to like her behavior. And you do not have to take that nonsense from her.
If it becomes toxic, let her know the boundaries between the two of you. But let her know that she has a wonderful child, whom you adore and will spend the rest of your life making happy. That is your gift to MIL.
What you want from MIL is cooperation (not permission) in making your spouse happy and confident and filled with laughter. She has a family! She has love! This is the goal that people dream about.
MIL is a good mom. She raised her daughter to be a fine, strong, smart person. And you are going to take care of her for the rest of your life.

If it takes MIL a while to see that, fine. You have all the time in the world. You're just not going to let your spouse be "tennis ball in the middle" between pleasing her mom and pleasing you. That does not work. That sorrow is not what MIL wants, either. She's just going to have to step back and trust her daughter's judgement. After all, she raised her to be self-reliant. You love that about her, too.

And yes, spouse needs to anti up about keeping a lid on MIL interference, particularly where the kids are concerned. You don't need to be "tennis ball in the middle" either.

Your life together is your business. And sometimes in-laws can take a long time to get that (if ever -- sorry). But lead with love. You never know what the tipping point is, but it's the best policy with family.
posted by TrishaU at 10:18 PM on January 12, 2019 [3 favorites]

This combined with the fact that you're both women makes me wonder if MIL is jealous about her no longer being "#1 woman" in your partner's life.

Ohhhh, damn, THAT is why I was having the deja vu! I didn't even quite peg that at the time.
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:19 AM on January 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

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