My biological son, 26, will soon be graduating college and my wife (his step-mom) and I are throwing him a graduation party. My wife and I have had a very difficult time with his mother and her husband.
We "enjoyed" a very Jerry Springer like moment with them yelling and screaming on our front lawn a couple of years ago. His mother refers to my wife as "the incarnation of evil". Given that the divorce is old (13 years ago) and all financial obligations were over, to the satisfaction of the court, over 4 years ago, my wife and I were hoping the angst would die down.
But it hasn't; his mother still feels a great deal of hate for both my wife and I. While I understand that there are strong feelings behind this rage/hate I am not sure what I can do to mitigate them. And really how much control can one have over another's feelings?
In most ways I could care less. I would love to be civil with the mom and step-dad for the sake of my son. But given their past behavior, I just don't want to be around them. I don't want to pay to entertain them or even be in the same room with them. If it was just a public place, I would just leave.
Any advice on how I would broach this subject with my son?
I did have the talk with my son, and he let her know she was not invited to the party. As an olive branch I encouraged him to spend time with her after graduation but before the party, and they did. They also spent the night before together, and they could then use the excuse of getting back to their home (8 hour drive) to not attend the party.
She is also a "Shiite Christian" (my son's words) very religious. We had the party at a brewery which would also give her another excuse for not attending.
In the end it all worked out okay and they even refused to say hello to us on graduation day. My son started law school and we are closer then ever.