oh yeah, she's mad at me. And I don't care. I'm an adult, I do it my own way. She can't see it from my point of view, because now she thinks CHO is going to be pestering them for donations - I say let 'em pester!
I don't think there's going to be much family fuss about it - after all, what she was attempting was to humiliate me. It didn't quite come off that way, because I was sick and stayed home, but I was angry. And I have more than my share of my family backing me up. So I'm not really worried about a big family fight - most of them are seeing it from my side.
I know I probably shouldn't have done what I did, but I have my reasons. I'm tired of being bullied and humiliated. Routinely. I'm tired of being made to feel like I am nothing just because her kids are not the center of my life - they should be the center of HERS (and I might mention that they are not). My other cousins don't really care that their kids don't take precedence in my life - they all have grandparents, aunts and uncles of their own. My cousin June's kids have grandparents, aunts and uncles. Just because I'm childless doesn't mean my life has no meaning without children. I have my own nephew and niece now, I have my godson and his younger sister (my 2 youngest first cousins). And more importantly, I have actual, loving, caring relationships with their parents, who don't treat me like crap. Maybe if she didn't treat me like crap I might have a shot at liking her and/or her children, n'est-ce pas?