Spoiled, Ungrateful Bratty-Brat


The Buffer Zone Dysfunctional Family Survey results are in and the goal is to post one every day or so or three. The main question of our survey was: Without naming names, who is the relative in your family that causes all the drama? And what incident best illustrates their craziness, “personality” or friction they bring to your family?

“My little sister and her daughter had just spent the week with us in our little cabin in the woods. The same little mountain cabin that we had scrimped and saved for since our marriage began. In the seven days they were staying with us we visited a town festival, went river rafting, fished and hiked, and played board games, never once asking for their help with the cooking, laundry or expenses.

We invited several friends over on their last evening, and had just finished a sumptuous meal prepared by my husband, aka The Grill Master. My sister stands up, pushes her chair back dramatically, and proceeds to proclaim that she will never visit us again because we make everything all about us. We fail to take in to account her needs. Then she stomped off to the guest room, with her 26 year old daughter following her. Although I was tempted to tell her to walk to the airport the next morning, my husband and I drove her there, stopping to get her daily Starbucks fix on the way.”

Don’t let the screen door hit you on the way out Respondent’s Little Sister. Hopefully, the city you sent her brattiness off to is a decent Buffer Zone distance away. Thank you for sharing I-sure-charming-cabin-owner-with-a-guest-room. I’ll just throw in that I’m free this summer and  fold a mean towel.

9 thoughts on “Spoiled, Ungrateful Bratty-Brat

  1. Oh, goodness, Diane. What to say about this? Your cabin and hospitality sound amazing. I am ready to move right in. I have a cousin who came to visit a couple of years ago and did the same thing, except, after free-loading for a week, and spreading her cold all over our house, she decided to make it a yearly event. We were exhausted by the time she left and vowed never to have her back. I sympathize!

    • Perhaps I wasn’t clear that I was posting for someone else. The pictures of the cabin and surrounding area are so tranquil I hope my not-so-subtle hint scores an invite to visit. I would promise not to spread cold germs on every surface though. Sickness is not an appropriate hostess gift. I hope you stood firm on your decision not to have her return.

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