"My Parents Are Driving Us Apart!"
His Turn, continued
"Mindy's parents' claws came out during the wedding planning. I was furious that Marilyn refused to budge on the number of guests, even though my folks offered to pay to invite more. But what really got me was that after Marilyn said that no children could attend, including my relatives' kids, she invited the teenage children of her best friends!
"I would have preferred a modest wedding with more guests, and I was appalled that Bernie equated the cost to buying a luxury car. At that point, I wanted to fly to Las Vegas and elope. But I didn't press the elopement; Mindy had her heart set on a religious ceremony and traditional reception.
"Then her parents pressured us into buying their place before I was ready. I wanted to look at more properties; I feel like the process was pulled out from underneath me. Yes, Marilyn and Bernie gave us a great deal, but their manipulation and bullying made it an unpleasant experience.
"I've had enough of my in-laws. I hate arguing with Mindy about them; I hate that Marilyn's behavior puts Mindy in a perpetual sour mood; and I hate feeling beholden to them. If we don't learn how to deal more effectively with her parents, they are going to destroy our marriage."
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