Every week, Mallory and Nicole Cliffe discuss a Prudie letter. This week: The letter writer bought her grandparents’ lake house, and her aunt tried to “make herself at home.”
Nicole: oh hell, no
Mallory: I mean
it will not SURPRISE you, I think
that my inclination is to say “Your aunt is being unreasonable and you are fine”
people weaponize nostalgia
you had your chance to chip in, aunt
Mallory: why are there so many letters that boil down to, “My extended family owns MULTIPLE HOMES and somehow that’s become a problem”
Nicole: LOLLLL right??
Mallory: YOU ARE ALL PROPERTY OWNERS
YOU ARE LANDED GENTRY
Nicole: live in your own house, plan your own vacations
Mallory: shouldn’t you be happy ALL THE TIME?
capitalism worked for you!!!
Nicole: go stay at a hotel for a week, IDC
SHE WANTS TO BRING FIVE KIDS AND “MAKE HERSELF AT HOME”
Mallory: imagine the BRAVADO it takes to say “Oh, don’t worry, I’ll make myself at home” when someone says “You can’t stay in my house while I’m out of town”
Nicole: I mean listen, this is not the first time Aunt has been a jerk
not a chance
Mallory: you can’t say “Make yourself at home” TO YOURSELF
Nicole: this degree of entitlement starts early
Mallory: someone else has to say that to you!
Mallory: imagine saying someone had “stolen” a house because they bought it after you passed on it
“Hello, police? I’d like to report a theft.”
“Yes, what was the item stolen?”
Nicole: “MY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES”
Mallory: “… Go on.”
“My niece bought a house.”
“She’ll let me stay there, but only when she’s in town to host me!”
Nicole: LOLLL REPORT IT
Mallory: what do you think the mom and the aunt screamed about?
do you think the mom is on the LW’s side?
or will we just never know
Nicole: Oh, Mom’s on the LW’s side for sure
Mallory: is there anything to be done other than accept the aunt is behaving badly and stay calm and ignore the tantrum?
Nicole: If she mellows, invite her next summer while you are there for one week
Mallory: that is extremely generous!
I would 100% want to revoke the invite, because WHAT IF SHE ACCEPTED and then grumbled the whole time?
THIS WOMAN IS LOBELIA SACKVILLE-BAGGINS
she has designs on Bag End!
Nicole: You know what a sucker I am