This week, we had a letter from a woman who was at odds with her soon-to-be mother-in-law. The way she described it, emotions were so high, there was even potential for a possible estrangement in the near future. This got me wondering: have you ever had similar issues with someone in your family? Have things ever gotten so tense, you’ve ceased talking to a family member? What was the disagreement about and did you ever work things out? Do you have any regret about the situation? And, if you’ve never had issues with a family member, what’s your secret? How do you keep your emotions in check when family dynamics can make doing so difficult?
* If you’ve got a suggestion for a future open thread topic, email me at email@example.com.