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Nannysprout Sat 29-May-21 21:56:11

A few weeks ago when we were just opening up after the long lockdown I had arranged on the Saturday to see my DD and SIL and Grandaughter but my dd forgot. I sat there waiting for them and eventually text her and asked when they were coming and she replied she had totally forgot. I accepted the apology and invited them to come the next day as her brother was coming over at lunchtime and we could all have lunch together. My son had been having outside visits in the beginning of loosening the lockdown and we were having lunch outside in the garden. My DD and family had been in my bubble since the summer of last year. My sons partner had been seeing her own Mum and family within the restrictions. I had always assumed that when my son came to mine his partner was in turn seeing her family. To cut a long story short on the Sunday when he came and my DD came with her family we all had lunch in the garden together. When my son returned to his partner later she was so upset that she wasn't invited to the get together. When my son told me about it this week I felt so guilty because A, I had been more concerned and upset about my DD forgetting the original invitation and B, I just assumed my sons partner was with her family at that time. I realise I was wrong to make that assumption and I was careless in not inviting her to come but my question is how do I make amends with her? Should I text her to explain? Or try and make it up to her some other way? I should also add we haven't always had an easy relationship, I haven't always found her sympathetic towards me but I do truly want to make it up to her. I wouldn't deliberately hurt anyone least of all my sons partner. Any advice gratefully received

Bridgeit Sat 29-May-21 22:04:08

Pick up the phone, speak ear to ear, best wishes

Aldom Sat 29-May-21 22:17:31

Just ring her and explain what happened in the same way you put it in your GN post. I think she will understand that you didn't intentionally leave her out. Hope all goes well for you.

Nonogran Sat 29-May-21 22:23:44

Text is no substitute for a face to face or a phone call. You need to explain your oversight but, I ask, did you not ask your son about her at all?.Doing so might have spawned a conversation about her being at he alone. Why did your son, presumably knowing his wife was not going to family, not ask if he could bring her to yours too. All seems a bit odd but whatever the background, in your shoes I'd visit her & explain.
Next time, make sure she's definitely on the guest list. It'll then be her choice whether she comes over.

BlueBelle Sat 29-May-21 22:29:00

Well I don’t understand why your son didn’t ask for her to come along or say ‘mum you ve not mentioned x coming with me’ Why would he leave here at home and come on his own I don’t understand why it’s your fault
Sounds very peculiar

Nannysprout Sat 29-May-21 23:10:12

Thank you very much for your replies they are much appreciated. Just to explain a little more my son had been visiting on Sunday afternoons on his own because of restrictions and at the same time his partner had been seeing her Mum on her own. He didn't know his sister and family would be there on this occasion as it was a last minute rearrangement. I was so hung up on my daughter forgetting our first arrangement I didn't really think about telling him they would be there. It really was just an informal meet up not what I would think of as a proper family get together but looking at it from my sons partners point of view I can understand why should would have felt slighted. As they have spent many long months in lockdown together in a small flat both working from home I also thought even if she wasn't seeing her family she would have been glad of a little bit of space for a while. To clarify though I had no idea as to whether she was with her Mum or alone and I feel bad that I made an assumption that she wouldn't have wanted to be with us anyway. Its all a long story really so I appreciate it doesn't make sense I was just trying to keep it short. However thank you for your advice and I think I will call her and apologise.

FarNorth Sat 29-May-21 23:17:34

I hope the call goes well, Nannysprout.
It's clear that you didn't see it as a get-together and your son had no idea it wouldn't be a visit for him only, as usual.
Why not invite your son's partner to come with him for future visits, now the rules have changed.

Redhead56 Sat 29-May-21 23:42:36

Invite them around and get a bunch of flowers maybe. We are all probably feeling a bit sensitive it's been a difficult time. Hope it goes well for you life is too short to fall out. 💐