I wrote what I thought was a pretty innocuous post on my Facebook wall about receiving nearly all our Christmas cards in the mail one specific day right before Christmas. The post said,
“I was wondering why we’d only received 4 Christmas cards all season. I started to think maybe our friends are family were being extra lazy this year. Until we got a HUGE stack of them in yesterday’s mail, some postmarked back to December 2nd. I guess our mailman was just hanging on to them for kicks?”
I received a few cute responses from friends about mailmen being lousy, but my MIL wrote a pretty passive aggressive response to the effect of “…I WAS going to mail out cards this year but decided not to stress about it and instead focus on more important things, like taking care of my sick parents. I would have hoped that my loving family would understand and forgive my shortcomings.” My MIL is usually a pretty awesome person who I get along with well, so I’m wondering…was my post rude? Did it seem like I was attacking those who didn’t send out cards? I honestly didn’t even notice we hadn’t received one from the in-laws and didn’t think twice about the “friends and family being lazy” comment when I sent it. Should I apologize? 1223-14
I wouldn’t have made mention about friends and family being “extra lazy” since that is speculation into the motives of why your loved one may not have sent Christmas cards that year. So, yes, apologize, please.