This story came to me from a friend of mine who got married last summer. One of her bridesmaids (and a cousin of the bride), “Alison,” was insanely jealous of the happy couple. There are lots of stories about Alison during the whole of this bride’s engagement/wedding, but this was the worst and possibly the strangest. She was not jealous for any particular reason except that she is one of those counts-her-presents-at-Christmas types who feels that everyone in the world owes her something, and she is known within her family for occasionally having temper tantrums over strange things. I should also add that Alison is married and had a beautiful, large wedding 13 years ago (I, personally, know it was exactly 13 years ago, because when I talked to her before the wedding, she brought it up several times, along with the fact that she hadn’t had a honeymoon) with all the bells and whistles to go along with it (bridal showers, luncheons, dinners, etc.) that family could afford to provide her.
During the rehearsal and dinner afterwards, Alison came with her husband and three children. She was not very pleasant during the rehearsal, but kept most of her attitude to herself. During the dinner, they sat in the corner and left early because of the younger children. On the day of the wedding, she made some nasty comments to the bride, other bridesmaids, and mother of the bride (the bride deemed the comments not worth repeating), but, as the bride said, “If that’s the worst she’s going to do, that’s really not that bad.” The day after the wedding, though, was what took the wedding cake.
The day after the wedding (the wedding was on a Friday, so this was a Saturday), the parents of the bride hosted a backyard barbecue lunch at their home for all of the local and out of town family and close friends to eat, socialize, and say goodbyes before the out of town family members left. It was an “open house” style party; people started arriving at around noon, and most people had left by 4:00. Alison also attended the party with her husband and children, but left early because her youngest two children were still tired from the excitement of the previous day. Alison’s parents (sister and BIL to the MOB) were staying later to help the MOB clean up and de-stress, so with their permission she left her oldest son (about 12 years old) at the party so that he could continue hanging out with some other family members who live out of state. Alison’s parents agreed to drop him off on their way home, since they live in the same town (I should also add that they do this often. It is not out of the ordinary at all).
After cleaning up, the family still at the house ate dinner and went out back for some cocktails to de-stress. That’s when the texts and phone calls began. Alison, enraged that her son was not home yet (despite being told of her parents plans of when they’d probably be leaving), began to angrily call her mother, screaming at her for not having left yet. Her mother explained as calmly as she could that they were on their way out now, and he would be home soon (about 20 min). This would not placate her rage, so she just hung up on her and ignored the rest of her calls. Then Alison began texting her mother about how she was so angry that they weren’t home yet and that when SHE had gotten married, she had only had a THREE hour day-after party, not a SIX hour day-after party! How DARE they stay that long!!! She needed her son home NOW!!! This seemed to be the root of the her problem: she was angry that someone else was supposedly getting more attention than she was. When she got no response that way, she began repeatedly calling the parents’ of the bride home phone, which no one answered, at the advice of Alison’s parents. She did, however, leave a message on the answering machine each time she called. It’s the type where you can’t year the message as it’s recorded, but she may not have known that. The bride’s brother later said that out of morbid curiosity, he checked the answering machine the next day, and they had FIFTEEN messages from Alison, where she was screaming various things, including a threat that she was going to call the local police station and tell them that they had kidnapped her son and were holding him hostage! She did not do this, thankfully!
Apparently, this particular situation has never been mentioned again by Alison, even while apologizing for other wedding-related things, and she has since left her son at parties for her parents to bring home without causing any trouble. According to another cousin of the bride, though, Alison did post a random comment on a relative’s Facebook post several months later blaming all of her horrible behavior during all the wedding festivities on her particular brand of hormonal birth control. 0531-17
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