We just returned from my DH’s grandma’s funeral. She lived where his parents live, which is no where near our hometown. It is either a 12 hour drive or you can fly halfway (that’s as close as you can get, no direct flights there) and then drive for 6 hours. Given the limited bereavement time off work, we chose to fly and drive. Between the flights, rental car and gas…it was not cheap. It’s money we don’t really have, considering we just paid our IVF fees, but what can we do. Family is family. Or so they say.
The trip was layered with emotions to begin with – after all it was for a funeral. The last time we were up there visiting it was right after the 3rd miscarriage. We left a day after the D&C. We weren’t in the best of spirits and DH’s brother and wife had announced just before we left that they were expecting. We spent a week together making fake conversation while everyone avoided the elephant in the room. She was pregnant and I was not.
So here we are, traveling up there again with the memory of the miscarriage and the regret that the last time we saw his grandma we were “out of sorts”. The SIL didn’t come, apparently at 32 weeks she didn’t want to brave the drive….
…so we had to take his brother with us. We don’t get along with the brother most of the time. He’s an a**hole to my DH and an emotionally immature and self-centered person in general. So, like I said, the trip was layered with emotions.
We almost made it without incident. I don’t count the times I want to slap his brother as incident because it is too frequent.
The evening before we left, his aunt hosted a supper after the funeral. My MIL and BIL left the room while we were looking at some of Grandma’s figurines. They wanted each grandchild/family to take one. My MIL and BIL come back into the room and my BIL is teary, which wasn’t abnormal as the funeral hit him hard. Not to sound callous, but he hasn’t seen as much tragedy as we have. Of course we were sad and hurting for the loss, but we didn’t hysterically weep. We have had a bit more practice with pain like that.
Anyway, my MIL proceeds to turn to DH and I and proclaim that their Grandma’s mother’s (so their great grandma) ring was given to my BIL and SIL because they are having the first grandchild. All the siblings agreed, the special ring should be given to the first grandchild, the first grandchild, the first grandchild.
That’s all we could f*cking hear her say.
This is where I tell you that we would have given birth before them, with the “first grandchild” only 6 days from the funeral itself. Would have. Should have. We were the ones who shouldn’t have been able to attend the funeral because we should have been about to welcome our rainbow baby into the world. But we weren’t. Three times over we should have had the first damn grandchild.
After a valiant show of effort, I finally started to cry. To which my MIL, annoyed her story about how great and generous they are was interrupted, said “are you ok?”
“No. I am not okay. It should have been our baby”. I had to excuse myself.
To which my MIL said “She is going to have to get over it. I just don’t know what I can and can’t say anymore, so I am just not going to say anything”.
That’s when my husband told her she should “fucking know better”. She left after I returned from pulling myself together. She “had a headache”.
It was an awkward goodbye in the morning.