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No Respect

Cynthia wants her sister to stay out of her marriage.

By Cynthia Bailey

Happy belated Thanksgiving!  Huge thank you to my mother for driving four hours from Alabama to Atlanta to help me prepare dinner. We had turkey and dressing, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, collard greens, sweet potato salad, deviled eggs, ham, and cornbread. Oh how could I forget! We also had chitterlings. You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl! For dessert we had sweet potato pie, apple pie, and red velvet cupcakes. Everything  was delicious, and it was nice to spend time with the family. Everyone was there except my sister Mal, who lives in France with her husband. We mostly ate, watched TV, and played board games. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I have so much to be thankful for. I am most thankful for my health, my friends and family, and for life itself. Every morning when I wake up, I thank God for life. I appreciate my blessings and take nothing for granted.
Kim: I did NOT receive a wedding gift from Kim. If I got a gift, I would say that I did. I received gifts from Kandi, Phaedra, and NeNe. Why would I lie? To be honest, I never really cared that she didn't bring a gift, her presence at the wedding was presents enough. The only thing that hurt me was how she insulted me by bringing her own wine and saying that Peter and I wouldn't make it a year. I never got an apology for that. Well anyway, I apologize for Peter and Apollo bumping heads at her shower. Again, it was not the time or the place. Again, we did not instigate it in the first place. Again, I am happy for Kim and wish her well. I really have no issue with Kim. Now, can we move on about who brought who a present already?   NeNe: I have a great friendship with NeNe because she has been a good friend to me. I am a good friend to her as well. You can't force real friendships, you either connect or you don't. Even though we have different personalities, we have a lot in common. She is a funny, generous, smart woman. We both have our own dreams and goals and encourage each other to go for it! I think NeNe is great, and I love having her in my life.
Peter: I love Peter, and he loves me. Our relationship is not perfect, because we are not perfect. We don't not always agree on everything, but we have each other’s back 100%. He pushes me and I push him. Our love is not based on money or materialistic things. We have both had plenty of that. I choose love over money every time. It's just who I am, and make no apologies for it. I could be married to anyone right now, but I choose Peter because he makes me happy. As his wife, I support his vision and he supports mine. We balance each other and are a strong team. We both want to win. Mal: My sister and I are 11 months apart and are very close. However, we are very different women. Different personalities, goals, dreams, and lives. I love my sister very much, but her interference with my marriage is a problem. I appreciate her concern, but at 44, I think I got this. I have no desire to make choices for Mal regarding her marriage, and I deserve the same respect. I confide in my sister because we are sisters. Not to be judged or criticized. I would never cross the line between her union with her husband unless she asked me to. I have had relationships my whole life, and I live my life the way I want to. I not afraid to win and I'm not afraid to lose. That's life, and I live it to the fullest. Love you, Mal, but can you leave me and Peter alone?

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