SM called earlier. Apparently she finally got around to telling me my uncle S had died. When I told her I'd already seen a message from her (estranged) sister on Facebook to my (good) half sister, SM flew into an N rage saying her sister "had no right to do that". When I mentioned that I didn't see that her sister had done anything wrong, SM said "That's not the point. It's not her place to tell you guys!" At first glance, I was a tad confused at SM's unnecessary rage. But after a bit of thinking, it suddenly became crystal clear. Can you guess the offense?
The answer is that the REAL reason SM is pissed is because her sister stole her thunder by relaying the news first. Generally, when someone calls to say someone died, THEY get all the sympathy and attention and get to be the center of attention by way of being the bearer of bad news. So when SM's sister let the cat out of the bag by expressing her condolences to my half sister for her loss, she "stole" what SM felt was rightfully HERS and THAT is the real reason she flew into a rage.
Her sister's punishment supposedly involved a scathing email. SM happened to mention, before hanging up, that she'd been wanting to send her an email but didn't have good reason and this gave her her reason. My apologies to SM's sister (not that she'll get to read this). I hate that I got her in trouble though SM surely would have found an excuse to send the scathing email sooner or later.
I get so sick of these N's and their uncalled for rages and stupid mind games and whatnot. Oh to live in a world without them! I guess we can dream......right? ;o)