To explain a bit, back in March we moved and we are 2 hours away from both of our parents. My parents have been here at least 4 or 5 times and his have been here 3 times (his Dad for only 10 minutes).
This week the MIL called up and said she was going to come up Friday and stay until Sunday (oooh great). Friday she wanted to make grilled chicken and Saturday lasagna (I HATE her lasagna, it's not good at all. My Dad was enjoying every minute of laughing at me), its just not the same when you are used to your Italian Grandmother and Mother's food all your life but anyway...
My son started kindergarten this year, he's only 5. At school this week he made a big letter A with apples on it. He is sitting on the couch with MIL and says to her:
Him: Here Nana, I made this for you!!!
Her: Oh, thats okay, you should keep it.
Him: But Nana I want yoooou to have it, I made it for you (he was student of the week too!)
Her: No, I don't want it, I think we should hang it in your room you need it.
Him: But... seriously his head was down and his eyes are watering and again he says to her "but why don't you want it? I made if for you at school!"
Her: I don't want it, we are going to put it in your room, you need to know your ABC's.
I mean really, are you kidding me? She couldn't take the picture that her 5 year old grandson made at school? I was so mad I had to leave the room, I just snatched it up from her hands and walked in the other room. What kind of "Nana" does that? My Mom would *never* do that to him, no wonder he loves her more.
Come Saturday she isisted we go see a movie and she ruined that too. I swear she does it on purpose. We get home, not even 10 minutes later she downs her Miller Lite and decides she is leaving, she needs to get on the road. I was thrilled, not only was I spared more time with her but her crappy lasagna. Off she went.
But I couldn't even enjoy it because my 5 year old son was crushed that she left already. The 12 and 14 year old didn't even notice nor care. In fact,the 14 year old said "Nana always thinks she can buy my love and it's annoying."
And I can honestly tell you I don't say negative things about her to them, its just *that* obvious.