Because my husband works with a small company, he can take only one week of his vacation time during the summer months. Since the wedding is out of town, his vacation has to be used for travel so we aren't getting a vacation this year. (I'm a teacher so this is the only time I can take a vacation.) Yet my son, who we gave every advantage we could afford, is partially paying for her family to rent a house at the beach where the ceremony is taking place so they can vacation there the week before the ceremony. While we don't need his financial assistance, it is hurtful that their attendance is so important he's willing to fork out big bucks for their lodging and hasn't even offered to pay any of our expenses. Granted, we would refuse if he offered but the message I'm getting once again is that we don't really matter to him.
Her family is contributing nothing yet are being treated like royalty. We have given and given financially as well as of our time and energy to help them prepare for their day and have yet to receive so much as a thank you or any other acknowledgement.
The big day is this week and I can't muster up a scrap of excitement or happiness. Truth be told, I really couldn't care less if I'm there or not. Yet my son "needs" for me give an Academy Award-winning performance as Susie Sunshine. His actions have me so hurt and beaten down that I'm just not sure I have it in me to pull it off.