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Sister-In-Law

by Jeff Baker

She doesn't have an original bone in her body. Since day one, my sister-in-law has become a blood-sucking, life-bleeding draw on all things good and kind. Is there a statute of limitations on how long we paste the friendly family face, when we can finally shed its iron mask and breathe deeply enough to shatter the hard edges of our frozen smiling lips? I resemble the Joker in Batman, now my face has twisted into a horrible sneer; it's been too long like this. She has crossed the line this one last time and there is no going back, my mask has one long and ugly crack, my sad and angry face is showing through. If only she had invited my children to her daughter's birthday party.

6S

Jeff Baker is an alias for a writer who is discovering the release of secretly writing about family.

13 comments:

Leatherdykeuk said...

You can't choose your family ;(

Great 6. I loved the reference to the Joker, it gave me a good viewpoint on the character.

Anonymous said...

I know exactly where you are coming from, Jeff. Having discovered the release of writing about family myself, it's very therapeutic! Get all those toxic emotions out of you through your writing and then move on...family is only family as long as they behave as such, i.e., loving, caring, sharing, including.

P.S. You spoke of your sister-in-law; is there a brother in here somewhere who is not demanding better behavior from her?

Baby Island said...

Love the description, I can relate.
Good 6S!

Linda said...

Ouch! I agree with Anon - perhaps a chat with the brother? And, I'm sure YOU wouldn't maintain the family feud by NOT inviting her children to your fetes?

Super 6S, and kind of a painful reminder of my own family 'issues'. Peace...

Anonymous said...

Oh the joys of in-laws...

I believe I'll write one on mine now.

Oh that's right, I already have one saved away.

Good luck with the idiot darlin' mine just tell my husband he's not really sick. Too bad the doctors on the transplant team don't tell him the same thing o.0

-Anon for a reason, even though they're too stupid to use the vastness of teh internets

Quin Browne said...

ah, jeff. been there, cursed that!

we thank the internets, and pretend names to allow us to vent.


enjoy.

Anonymous said...

nice.

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ejpatton said...

*sigh* someone understands...why is there not a support group for people like us?

nancy said...

I LOVE THIS SIX!!!!!!! THANK YOU FOR WRITING IT!!!!

Ian said...

Nice Six, sir, reeks of genuine loathing. Now, just step through this metal detector...

Madam Z said...

Hmmmm....is she your brother's wife or your wife's sister? Either way, I often think that in-laws should be outlawed.

Andrea said...

Writing about family on 6S is perhaps a bit like having sex in a glass elevator -- satisfying and titillating precisely because you are wondering if someone will recognize your butt up against the glass. Hope it was good for you too.