Dear Amy: I have a brother and sister-in-law who just don’t get it.
They brag incessantly about their two brilliant, gorgeous, talented granddaughters.
That alone would be annoying but at the same time they are critical of my grandchildren, who are, of course, brilliant, gorgeous and talented.
The last time we spoke, my sister-in-law actually said that her granddaughter is a genius. I could only comment that this was spoken as a true grandmother. But she asserted that, no, this was true.
I am fortunate to have many friends who have grandchildren. Occasionally we relate a story about them that makes us proud, but we don’t gloat or brag.
Am I just lucky, or is bragging the norm?
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Dear Anonymous: Some people seem to only relate to others through asserting superiority. The ubiquity of social media — where people inflate their triumphs and occasionally overshare about their tragedies — has also inflated this tendency.
So, yes, bragging has become the norm.
The good news is that this makes us “normies” all the more special!
My daughter once wrote a passionate essay in defense of being “average,” and I’ve never been prouder (but now I’m bragging!).
Your brother and SIL get to brag about their grands, but they may not critique yours. You should nip that in the bud.
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After several meetings and detailing all the particulars, I gave notice to my current employer, and while they were extremely disappointed, they wished me well.
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