What Was Going On?
Joe stared at his phone in disbelief, his eyes scanning and rescanning over his mother’s text.
What on earth was going on? Just a few days ago, everything was perfect, but in the blink of an eye, everything changed.
His mother’s words had left him completely speechless. He was so in love with his girlfriend, why was his mother acting this way?
Telling The Family
Joe and Alina had just celebrated six months together, and it was finally time for the young man to tell his mother about the girl who had stolen his heart.
Living far from home was tough, but thankfully, he knew that he could text his mother whenever.
Alina was nervous about his family finally finding out about her. He’d heard some of the stories about his mother, Mari. Although she was a lovely woman, she tended to be possessive of her son.
The Perfect Girl
Joe assured her that it would be alright. “She’s going to love you just as much as I do,” He told her, pressing a kiss to her cheek.
As far as he was concerned, Alina was the perfect girl and would fit right in with his family.
She smiled nervously as she sank further into the couch. After setting a timer on his camera, he positioned it on the counter and rushed to sit beside his girlfriend.
Love Of His Life
“Okay, say cheese,” He said before their faces broke into large grins. Once the photo was taken, he got up from his seat and grabbed the camera.
Checking the photo, he smiled smugly, “You look gorgeous,” He told Alina.
He sat back beside her on the couch and transferred the photo to his cell phone. He couldn’t wait to see what his mother thought of Alina. He knew that she was the love of her life.
“Hey Mom, I wanted to introduce you to someone. This is Alina, my girlfriend. I can’t wait for you to meet her. I love you,” He typed on his phone.
Taking a deep breath, he sent the text with the photo.
Now, all he could do was wait. Alina laughed nervously, not quite sure what to expect once the older woman saw the photo.
Meeting The Family
For the next half an hour, the couple stayed seated on the couch. They were enjoying each other’s company, drinking coffee as they waited for a response from Joe’s mother.
If all went well, Joe wanted to fly himself and Alina out to see his mother for Christmas.
He’d already met Alina’s family, and he loved them almost as much as he loved her. But he had no idea that one detail in the photo would set his mother off.
He had just taken the last sip of his coffee when he heard the ping from his phone.
Knowing that his mom had finally responded to his text, he excitedly put his cup down and grabbed his phone.
He sat back with Alina, letting her watch the screen as he opened his mother’s text. But his heart dropped when he read it. “How could you send me this?” The first text read as she typed another.
Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Kruger had the perfect upbringing.
Living with his mom, Mari, and dad, Austin, life was simple. But everything changed after he got his degree in mechanical engineering.
When he first got a job offer in San Francisco, he jumped at the opportunity. It had always been his dream to live in California, and now, it was finally coming true.
But there was just one problem. You see, Joe was a bit of a mama’s boy.
Throughout his younger years, he relied on his mother’s help a lot, and because of this, he never really learned how to do things by himself.
Moving across the country was a big step for the 27-year-old man, but he knew that it was important.
When he told his mother the news, she was shattered. But at the same time, Mari knew that the move would be good for him, and she could see how excited he was about it. Saying goodbye was the hardest thing she ever had to do.
Joe was her only child, and there was no one she loved more on earth than the young man.
But Mari had one, massive flaw: she was extremely jealous of any woman that came into her son’s life.
As soon as Joe was settled in California, he started enjoying his new life. Every day was exciting in San Francisco.
He had made the most amazing friends, and he loved his job. All that was missing was romance.
But one Friday evening, everything changed. He had gone out for a few drinks with his new friends when he spotted her. Alina was the most beautiful girl he had ever laid eyes on.
He wasted no time. He immediately approached the girl and asked for her number.
For the next few weeks, the pair went on multiple dates. From the start, Joe made it very clear that he wanted to be in a relationship with Alina.
She was hesitant at first, but after the third date, she realized how amazing he truly was. Before they knew it, they were in a committed relationship.
But there was one problem, Mari had no idea that her son had a new girlfriend.
Before he would tell his mother about Alina, he wanted to be sure that the relationship would last. He waited until they were together for six months before he decided that it was time.
Alina was nervous. She’d heard stories about the ways his mother had treated previous girlfriends. She feared that Mari would treat her the same way, but Joe promised that she had nothing to worry about.
One Saturday afternoon, Joe finally decided that the time had come to send his mother the text.
He sat in the lounge with Alina as she applied some makeup. He wanted to send his mother a picture of the two of them, and she wanted to make sure that she looked nice.
Grabbing his camera, he began setting it up. He was expecting his mother to be happy for him, but he had no idea what her eyes would focus on once he sent the picture.
He Didn’t Understand
Joe didn’t quite understand why Alina was so nervous. As far as he was concerned, Alina was the perfect girl and would fit right in with his family.
He set up his camera and placed it on the counter before joining her side.
They smiled brightly at the camera and waited for the flash. Once the picture was taken, he grabbed the small device and checked on the photo. It was perfect.
He sat back beside her on the couch and transferred the photo to his cell phone.
He couldn’t wait to see what his mother thought of Alina. He knew that she was the love of her life.
“Hey Mom, I wanted to introduce you to someone. This is Alina, my girlfriend. I can’t wait for you to meet her. I love you,” He typed on his phone. Taking a deep breath, he sent the text with the photo.
They hung out for the next little while, catching up on their week while drinking coffee. Joe was hoping that if all went well, his girlfriend could meet his mother in December.
He had just taken the last sip of his coffee when he heard the ping from his phone.
Knowing that his mom had finally responded to his text, he excitedly put his cup down and grabbed his phone. Aline watched him open the message that read, “How could you send me this?”
Was She Joking?
At first, Joe thought his mother was joking. He watched as the three small dots appeared at the bottom of his screen.
His mother was typing another message. “That doesn’t look good,” Alina commented but he laughed it off.
“Just wait for the next message, it’s not as bad as it seems, I’m sure,” He told her. But when the next message popped up, he choked on those words.
“After everything I’ve done for you, you have to rub this in my face?” It read. Joe was beyond confused.
Alina’s cheeks burned as her worst nightmare came true. “What are you talking about?” He asked his mother, but she didn’t respond.
He waited a short while before sending her another text, “Mom, is everything alright?” He didn’t know it yet, but something about his photo rubbed her the wrong way.
For the rest of that day, Joe kept checking on his phone, waiting for his mother to say something.
Unfortunately for Joe, Mari was the type to ignore people when she was upset with them.
Alina felt sick to her stomach. She thought that this was all her fault, and she was terrified at the idea of harming Joe’s relationship with his mother. What had they done to upset her?
The Unseen Detail
Hours turned into a day, and still, there was no response from Mari. Joe couldn’t understand what had gone so wrong.
He scrolled through the photo again and again, searching for any clue as to what might have upset his mother. But it all seemed perfectly normal to him – just a picture of him and Alina smiling happily.
Alina couldn’t shake the feeling of dread that had settled in her chest. She wished she could turn back time, erase that innocent photograph, and spare Joe from whatever pain it was causing him.
Joe decided to call his father, Austin, hoping that he could shed some light on the situation.
The phone seemed to ring for hours as Joe sat silently on the couch, irritated by the situation. He watched with sad eyes as Alina got up from the couch and left the room.
The situation had become too much for the girl to handle, and she wanted to escape. It felt like his mother hated her without even knowing her. But little did Joe know that the call with his dad would only escalate the situation.
Sick To His Stomach
Joe felt sick to his stomach with concern. He had always been extremely close to his mom, but he couldn’t understand why she would do something like this to him.
She was keeping him in the dark, probably knowing that he was losing his mind over the entire situation. He couldn’t help but think about how often Mari did this to him. It truly wasn’t fair.
The Phone Call
He sighed to himself. He loved his mother dearly, but he couldn’t stand this side of her. His heart skipped a beat when he suddenly heard his father’s voice on the other side of the line. “Hello, Joseph,” He spoke.
Joe swallowed the lump in his throat before speaking, “Hey Dad, is mom around by any chance?” His voice was shaking, he felt like he’d done something wrong. But he was not ready for his father’s response.
“Yes, Joseph. Your mother is around but she does not wish to speak to you. You’ve hurt her a great deal,” The old man spoke, his voice stern. Great, now his father was upset too.
Joe couldn’t quite wrap his head around it. Since when was it bad to share updates with his family? What did his mother see that he couldn’t? He was starting to get furious. “Can you please just tell me what I’ve done wrong?” He pleaded.
“Your mother is too upset to tell me what the issue is. But whatever you have done has upset your mother a great deal. You owe her an apology,” Austin spoke in a deep voice.
Joe had to stop himself from laughing into his father’s ear. It was so like him to take Mari’s side without even knowing the full story. Austin had always been the more understanding parent, but he didn’t know the full story.
Joe decided to explain the situation to his father, hoping that it would make some kind of difference. He explained the text he received from Mari and how confused he was about it. Austin sighed on the other end of the line, a hint of reluctance in his voice.
Now that his father had a different point of view on the situation, he felt sympathetic toward his son.
But Austin hadn’t seen the photo yet. He had no idea what had upset his wife, Mari was too hurt to speak about it. If only he knew. He decided to give Joe some advice.
“Son, your mother has always been protective of you, and sometimes, she reacts without thinking,” Austin said, choosing his words carefully. “I think it’s best if you give her some time to cool off and then try talking to her.”
He Couldn’t Stand It
Joe didn’t want to give it some time. He felt uneasy and uncomfortable. He hated not knowing what was going on. Despite the love he had for his mother, he was angry.
Why would she do something like this to him? He was losing his mind just sitting around and waiting for an answer. She was being selfish and making life harder for him. He just wanted her support.
Joe decided to put his phone away for the rest of the night. He didn’t want to think about the situation any longer. He boiled the kettle and made himself and Alina a nice pot of tea.
They spent the evening together, watching television and distracting each other from what felt like such a big deal. They managed to forget about it until they made their way to bed.
A Sleepless Night
That night, Joe and Alina lay awake in their bed, tangled in each other’s arms. They whispered about their worries and fears, their thoughts circling back to Mari’s inexplicable reaction.
The more they tried to make sense of it, the less it made any sense at all. Joe continuously told Alina that everything was going to be alright, but he wasn’t sure if he was telling the truth.
Alina couldn’t help but blame herself for the rift forming between Joe and his mother. She wished she had been more cautious, more prepared for Mari’s potential reaction.
And Joe, unable to sleep, wondered how his mother, the person he loved and respected most in the world, could react in such a hurtful way.
A Mother’s Perspective
In the quiet hours of the night, Mari sat alone in her dimly lit living room. Her phone rested on the coffee table, still displaying Joe’s message with the photo of him and Alina.
Her heart was heavy, torn between love and possessiveness, fear and pride. She had been quietly sobbing to herself for hours. She couldn’t understand why Joe would send something like that to her.
How Could He?
She didn’t think that she had overreacted, what else could she have done? Mari had always been fiercely protective of Joe, and the thought of him building a life without her had ignited a storm of emotions within her.
She felt like she was losing her only child, and it terrified her. His photo was insensitive. Why would he send that? She was overthinking everything.
Mari, too, struggled to sleep that night. She couldn’t stop staring at the picture and that one small detail. She assumed that her son had included it on purpose, that he was trying to show his mother how far he’d come without her.
It felt like she no longer mattered to him. Joe was moving on with his life, and he was making it very clear.
In the days that followed, Joe and Mari’s communication remained strained. It was clear that healing this rift would not be easy, but Joe was determined to find a way to reconcile with his mother
Even if it meant confronting her about the hidden truth in that photograph. This couldn’t continue any longer.
Meanwhile, Alina vowed to stand by his side, supporting him through the turmoil and hoping for a day when Mari would accept their love.
Although she was terrified of the older woman, she was angered by the way she was treating her son. Alina’s family had always believed that communication was key. She thought Mari was being childish.
That Wednesday, Joe still hadn’t heard from his mother. He tried texting her again, but she read the text without responding. He felt completely hopeless.
He could tell that Alina wasn’t taking it well. She had been quietly sitting around, staring into space. She didn’t mention this to Joe, but his mother’s reaction made her want to leave.
Enough Was Enough
She couldn’t stand the thought of getting involved with a family that treated each other this way. Mari was putting her son through a lot, and he deserved better. It was her love for Joe that kept her around.
Eventually, he decided that enough was enough. It wasn’t fair for his mother to just ignore him like that. He decided to call her.
Her cell phone rang for a while, and just as he was about to hang up, she finally answered. “Hello, Joseph,” Mari said sternly. He rolled his eyes at the mention of his full name. He hadn’t heard that since high school.
“Hey, Mom, I was hoping we could clear this up.” He spoke confidently.
To The Point
Mari remained silent on the other side of the line. It seemed that it was up to him to get the conversation rolling. He took a deep breath and continued.
“Is there a problem?” He got straight to the point. This needed to be cleared up right now. He had always hated how passive-aggressive his mother could be.
Mari clearly didn’t want to talk about the issue. Instead, she just pretended that nothing had happened. “I’m very busy at the moment. I don’t have time for long conversations.”
Joe was taken aback at just how blunt his mother was.
He knew that she always did this when he wanted to discuss something weighty with her.
A Firm Resolve
Despite Mari’s resistance, Joe couldn’t back down.
He had to get to the bottom of this issue and mend the growing rift between them. “Mom, this is important to me. Something is bothering you about that picture, and I need to know what it is. We can’t just pretend it didn’t happen,” he replied firmly.
There was a heavy silence on the line, and Joe could almost hear his mother’s internal struggle.
There was a heavy silence on the line, and Joe could almost hear his mother’s internal struggle. She let out a huff into the phone, and Joe knew that she was struggling to find the right words to say.
His mother had always struggled with confrontation; that’s why she chose to be passive-aggressive and quiet whenever something bothered her. Joe knew this about his mother.
Not Willing To Talk
He was trying to get to the bottom of the matter, but for some reason, Mari was not willing to talk about it. How had he offended his mother so much?
Why was she so angry at him? What was in the photo that caused so much friction between them?
They were always so close, but now, he couldn’t stand the fact that his mother wasn’t willing to talk to him.
Sometimes, he knew that his mother had a fare for being very dramatic. Joe knew that she was very overprotective of him.
But there was absolutely no reason to be anymore.
He was a grown man, and the choices he made were his own. If his mother couldn’t accept Alina, then that was her problem.
Was She The Problem?
Gone were the days when he chose his mother over his girlfriends. He came to the realization that, in most instances, his mother was the problem.
It was time to straighten out the matter once and for all.
“Mom, I was hoping we could talk about why you’re so upset. Is there a problem?” he asked.
“With what? That awful picture you sent me?” She said dryly. She was always the type to be overly blunt. He couldn’t understand what the issue was.
“Yes, I suppose. What’s wrong with the picture?” He rolled his eyes again, wishing she would just get to the point.
Alina was sitting on the other side of the room, nervously waiting for the call to be over.
“Are you serious, Joseph?” Suddenly, her voice filled with emotion, “You move halfway across the country and then send me a picture of the woman you are replacing me with?” She began to cry.
Joe was completely caught off guard by that statement.
“Replacing you, Mom-” He trailed off, “I’m not replacing you. I just wanted to share my life with you,” He frowned.
“Then why would you send me a picture of her wearing the shirt I bought you before you left? Did you give it to her? Does it mean nothing to you?” She sobbed into the phone. She had been struggling without her son by her side.
He frowned as he glanced at the shirt that was now lying in a pile of laundry on the floor.
The shirt was very special to him. It had the cover art of one of his favorite albums on the front. He finally understood why his mom was so upset.
“No Mom,” He sighed into the phone, “I didn’t give it to her, she was just wearing it because she wanted to be comfortable,” He spoke honestly. Mari went silent on the other end of the line.
“And I’m not replacing you with anyone. You’re my mom, I could never replace you,” He breathed.
“But I want you to meet Alina. I’m in love with her, and it would mean the world to me if you got along.”
In The Wrong
A few seconds passed before he heard a long sigh on the other end of the line.
Mari knew that she was in the wrong, and now that she’d calmed down, she felt awful. But then, she did something she’d never done before.
For the first time, she apologized for being rude toward one of her son’s girlfriends. Joe smiled slightly at this.
A Moment of Understanding
As Joe explained the situation to his mother, Mari’s sobs gradually subsided. She took a deep breath and wiped away her tears. She had jumped to conclusions, letting her fears and insecurities get the best of her.
“I… I’m sorry, Joseph,” she finally admitted, her voice shaky but sincere.
“I shouldn’t have reacted like that. I miss you so much, and seeing that shirt on her, I got scared that you were moving on without me.”
“Mom, I miss you too,” Joe replied softly.
“But I want you to be a part of my life here in California, just like you’ve always been. Alina isn’t replacing you. She’s joining our family. I want you both to get to know each other.”
Mari sniffled, her guilt weighing heavy on her shoulders. “I’d like that, Joseph. I’m sorry for overreacting. Please forgive me.”
Joe’s heart softened as he heard his mother’s vulnerability. He had always known her to be a strong and protective figure, but now he saw a side of her he hadn’t fully understood before.
A wave of relief washed over Joe. “Of course, Mom. I forgive you. We’ll figure this out together.”
Joe was relieved that the matter had been resolved.
A New Beginning
With their hearts now open and their misunderstandings cleared, Joe and Mari began to rebuild their relationship.
Joe made plans for Mari to meet Alina during the upcoming holidays, and the tension that had once hung between them slowly dissolved.
Alina, understanding the depth of their bond, graciously welcomed Mari into their lives, eager to build a relationship with Joe’s mother.
Time To Cut The Apron Strings
Mari wanted to know everything there was to know about Alina, but from what her son told her, she sounded like a lovely person.
It was time for her to put her overprotective nature aside and cut off the apron strings. Her son was a grown man now. She just had to accept it and allow him to be happy.
“So, you love this girl?” She asked gently, a sad smile on her face.
All her life, she was afraid of this moment, but she knew that there was nothing she could do about it. She just hoped that Alina was good to her son.
“Yes, mom. I do.” He smiled softly as he glanced at Alina from across the room. “And I want you to meet her.”
When December rolled around, Mari had gotten used to the fact that her son was in a committed relationship.
She met Alina for the first time, and she was surprised to see how wonderful the girl was.
She and Joe were perfect together, and Mari couldn’t have asked for a better girl to steal her son’s heart. Mari could feel herself giving in, and eventually, she loved Alina as much as Joe did.
The Big Question
By the end of that holiday, Joe finally gathered the courage to ask Alina to marry him in front of his entire family.
Of course, she said yes. Joe’s mother and father were over the moon, and they couldn’t wait for their son’s special day.
In the end, it all turned out alright. Joe had found the love of his life, and his family loved her. Everything finally made sense.
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