No Estaba Contenta
Después de que Cheryl convenciera a su hija Sheri y a su yerno, Camden, de que debía mudarse con ellos, las cosas en casa de los Pearce no iban como Sheri esperaba.
Aunque Cheryl les ayudaba con las tareas domésticas y a comprar alimentos, había otras cosas que no les gustaban.
Empezando por lo que le daba de comer a su hija.
No Podía Pagar El Alquiler
Cheryl se mudó con su hija Sheri cuando ya no pudo pagar el alquiler. No tenía dónde ir y no podía permitirse ningún otro lugar donde quedarse.
Sheri, que no quería que su madre se quedara sin hogar, le ofreció una casa de campo en su jardín trasero.
Era la solución perfecta, o eso pensaban.
Todos Los Días
En cuanto Cheryl se mudó, se apoderó de la casa de los Pearce. Aunque vivía en la casita del jardín, estaba en su casa todos los días.
Limpiaba la casa y ayudaba a preparar a su querida nieta de 11 años, Cailyn, para ir al colegio todas las mañanas.
Sheri, por supuesto, veía esto como un regalo del cielo, pero su marido, Camden, no estaba tan seguro.
Tarde o temprano, Cheryl trasladaría todas sus pertenencias a su casa, pensó. Ya se sentía como en casa.
No le importaba que estuviera allí, pero ahora venía todos los días, aunque tenía su propia casita en el jardín trasero.
Les lavaba la ropa y a veces incluso les preparaba la comida
La Quería, Pero…
Quería a su suegra, hacía mucho por ellos y por su hija, pero a veces sentía que invadía su intimidad.
Pero decírselo a su mujer, Sheri, seguramente provocaría la Tercera Guerra Mundial, así que se guardó sus preocupaciones.
Al fin y al cabo, sólo quería un hogar en paz. Pero sus preocupaciones sobre Cheryl tendrían sentido al final.
Cheryl se sumergió en todo lo que ocurría en su casa. Sabía que Sheri y Camden eran muy trabajadores, así que quería ayudarles haciendo todo lo posible para facilitarles las cosas.
Y fue entonces cuando se ofreció personalmente a ocuparse de todo lo relacionado con Cailyn.
Quería ser la mejor abuela del mundo.
Hacerlo Todo Mucho Más Fácil
Llevaba a Cailyn al colegio por las mañanas y también la recogía todas las tardes. Nada la hacía más feliz que estar ahí para su nieta.
Además, les ahorraba mucho tiempo a Sheri y Camden.
No tenían que dar ese rodeo para dejar a Cailyn por las mañanas. Y Sheri no tenía que usar su hora de almuerzo para recogerla de la escuela.
Empezó A Torcerse
Todo iba bien y Sheri no podía estar más contenta con la decisión de que su madre se quedara con ellos.
Pero entonces las cosas empezaron a torcerse. Todo empezó cuando Cheryl insistió en preparar todos los almuerzos de Cailyn para la escuela.
Era una simple petición, pero pronto desembocaría en una enorme discusión.
Los Almuerzos De Cailyn
Hacer los almuerzos de Cailyn era lo que a Camden le encantaba hacer todas las tardes.
Y a Cailyn le encantaban las divertidas formas que él recortaba para ella en sus piezas de fruta. En sus propias palabras, él hacía “los mejores almuerzos”.
Pero ahora, Cheryl se había colado y se había encargado de hacer los almuerzos. Sheri podía prever algunos intercambios acalorados que pronto tendrían lugar.
Para evitar cualquier conflicto, Camden lo dejó pasar y decidió hacer otra cosa por su hija.
Podía ver que su hija estaba contenta de que su abuela estuviera allí con ellos y no quería robarle su alegría.
Pero fue algo que Cheryl empezó a hacer lo que hizo que Camden se replanteara dejar pasar sus preocupaciones.
Una tarde, mientras Cheryl preparaba la comida de Cailyn, Camden pasó por la cocina. Vio a su suegra metiendo algo a escondidas en la fiambrera.
Le picó la curiosidad, se acercó a la encimera y le preguntó a Cheryl qué estaba añadiendo a la comida.
“Una sorpresita para Cailyn”, respondió Cheryl con una sonrisa socarrona. “Pensé que le gustaría”.
No Estaba Seguro
Pero Camden no estaba tan seguro. Dejó pasar esto como un primer regalo de la abuela de Cailyn. No quería causar ningún problema.
Pero vigilaría a Cheryl y lo que le daba a su hija. No quería que Cailyn adquiriera malos hábitos.
Lo estaba haciendo muy bien en sus actividades deportivas.
Se dio cuenta de que Cheryl también llevaba a Cailyn al centro comercial casi todos los sábados.
Aunque le gustaba pasar tiempo a solas con su mujer para hacer lo que quisieran, se preguntaba qué les compraba Cheryl para merendar y comer.
A Camden le molestaba sobremanera, y quería llegar al fondo del asunto.
Haciendo Caso Omiso De Las Normas
El lunes por la mañana, se dio cuenta de que Cheryl había vuelto a meter algo en la fiambrera de Cailyn. Esta vez, no iba a dejarlo pasar.
Ya eran demasiadas veces, y Cheryl se había estado tomando demasiadas libertades en su casa.
Todavía tenían reglas que Cailyn debía seguir, y Cheryl estaba haciendo caso omiso de todas ellas.
El instinto visceral de Camden le decía que algo no iba bien. Siempre había sido precavido con lo que comía su hija, asegurándose de que tuviera una dieta equilibrada y sana.
Ver el comportamiento reservado de Cheryl le hizo sospechar.
Tratando de mantener la compostura, Camden preguntó con calma: “¿Qué has añadido exactamente a su almuerzo?”. Cheryl se quedó paralizada.
Cheryl dudó un momento y luego contestó: “Oh, es sólo un postre especial. Un dulce para alegrarle el día”.
La preocupación de Camden aumentó y decidió insistir. “Aprecio tus esfuerzos, Cheryl, pero me gustaría saber exactamente qué has añadido a su comida.
Para mí es importante que coma alimentos sanos y nutritivos.”
La sonrisa de Cheryl vaciló un poco y volvió a dudar. Tras un momento de silencio, finalmente confesó: “Bueno, es una magdalena. Pensé que la haría feliz”.
A Camden se le encogió el corazón. Sabía que a Cailyn le gustaba darse algún capricho de vez en cuando, pero también creía en la importancia de enseñarle a tomar decisiones saludables.
Siempre se había asegurado de que sus almuerzos contuvieran frutas, verduras y cereales integrales.
A Cailyn Le Encanta
Sintiéndose frustrado y traicionado, Camden se enfrentó a Cheryl. “Aprecio tus intenciones, pero me he estado encargando de los almuerzos de Cailyn por una razón. Quiero asegurarme de que tenga una comida equilibrada que contribuya a su crecimiento y bienestar.
Añadir pastel a su almuerzo no es algo que me parezca aceptable”.
El rostro de Cheryl se puso a la defensiva y su voz se tornó severa. “Sólo intento ser una buena abuela, Camden. A Cailyn le encanta que le prepare la comida”.
Un Gran Problema
Camden respiró hondo, intentando controlar sus emociones. “Lo entiendo, Cheryl, pero como su padre, es mi responsabilidad asegurarme de que recibe la nutrición adecuada.
Podemos encontrar otras formas de que estreches lazos con Cailyn sin poner en peligro su salud”.
Cheryl se dio la vuelta y se marchó. Camden sabía que tenía un gran problema entre manos.
El Misterio Del Baloncesto
Pero eso no era ni la mitad. Camden recibió una llamada muy preocupante de la escuela de Cailyn.
El entrenador de baloncesto de Cailyn lo llamó y le dijo que Cailyn no había ido a entrenar en más de dos semanas.
Pero, ¿cómo podía ser eso si Cheryl la había estado llevando a los entrenamientos de baloncesto todos los jueves, como estaba previsto? ¿Adónde había llevado Cheryl a Cailyn?
Over the next few days, Camden had been thinking about how he was going to confront his mother-in-law about her deceptions.
But little did he know they had other problems to worry about first. Cailyn had suddenly begun complaining about feeling ill.
At first, Sheri and Camden didn’t think anything of it until one night, they heard a scream coming from Cailyn’s bedroom.
A Mother’s Panic
Sheri rushed into Cailyn’s room to find her daughter writhing in pain, clutching her stomach.
Fear gripped Sheri’s heart as she knelt beside Cailyn, trying to soothe her. She called Camden, panic lacing her voice, and he immediately dialed emergency services.
Paramedics arrived swiftly, their faces masked with concern. They carefully examined Cailyn and quickly determined that she needed to be taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
Camden and Sheri exchanged worried glances, their minds racing with possibilities of what could be causing their daughter’s sudden illness.
But Camden had a hunch as to what was causing Cailyn’s sudden illness.
It just needed to be confirmed. Ever since Cheryl began staying at their house, everything went downhill. But would Cailyn be okay?
Finally, after waiting for over an hour, the doctor emerged, his face grave. He informed them that Cailyn’s illness was likely a result of food poisoning.
Camden and Sheri couldn’t believe what they were hearing. What had caused this?
Cailyn only ate food from the house, and as far as they knew, everything was fresh. How had she gotten so sick?
Only Eats Nutritious Foods
Sheri and her mother had only cooked nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so Sheri was very surprised to learn she had food poisoning.
“Are you absolutely sure, Dr. Perkins? Cailyn eats all her meals at home, and we feed her fresh fruits and vegetables as well.
I don’t understand what would cause the poisoning?”
What Did She Eat?
“Yes, Mrs. Pearce. Her symptoms are consistent with food poisoning. She has thrown up and has a high fever and stomach cramps.
It was definitely something she ate. Do you have any idea what it could have been?”
At this point, Sheri burst into tears. She felt like she had failed her little girl. Would they be able to find out what Cailyn consumed?
Getting To The Bottom Of It
All Camden could do was console his wife. But he wanted to get to the bottom of what has made his baby girl so sick. It was just then that they were allowed to go in and see Cailyn.
She lay on the hospital bed with tubes coming out of her arms. Camden just shook his head.
He couldn’t help but wonder if his daughter would make it out of this unscathed.
The moment Sheri saw their daughter in that bed, she broke down. Her tears became hysterical sobs, and Camden would feel the strength draining from her body.
He tried to stay strong and escort his wife to the side of the bed. But deep down, he could feel himself crashing as well.
This sight was the worst thing any parent could see. But what would they do about it?
What To Do?
Camden’s mind was running wild. All he wanted to do at that point in time was find a solution.
He wanted to help his wife get back on her feet. And he wanted to get his daughter healthy again.
But what could he do? How could he, as a man, help his wife and daughter get out of the positions that they were in?
Promises To Keep
Camden was a man of his word. He kept every promise he had ever made to his family. But this time, he couldn’t promise anything.
He couldn’t tell his wife that their child would be okay. He couldn’t even assure his daughter that she would be okay.
Or could he? Was there a way for him to fix all this?
If Camden promised his wife that their daughter would be okay, would he be able to make sure his promise was kept?
If he promised his daughter that she would never end up in such a tragic position again, would he be able to make that happen?
He simply wasn’t sure, so he decided to keep his mouth shut.
Camden did the only thing he could. He wrapped a comforting arm around his wife and tried to calm her down to the best of his abilities.
That was all he could do at that point in time. But this was nowhere near the end.
He would get to the bottom of this if it was the last thing he did.
As soon as she woke up, Camden and Sheri were by her side. “Hey, sweetie, how are you feeling? Cailyn looked very weak but managed to say a few words.”
“I feel a bit better than earlier when my tummy was sore.” Sheri and Camden breathed a sigh of relief.
Their baby would be okay. But they still needed to know what she ate.
Camden then tried to get her to talk. “Princess, Dr. Perkins says that the reason why you had such a bad tummy ache was because of something you ate.
Do you remember what you ate earlier today?”
As soon as Cailyn heard that, she clammed up and looked down. That’s when Camden knew that she was hiding something from them. But what could it be?
They Needed To Know
Camden understood that his daughter was under a lot of pressure and that she might’ve been afraid to speak up. But he couldn’t just let this go.
She was the only one that could provide him with the information, and he wasn’t going to let this opportunity slip through his fingers.
One way or another, he’d find out who was responsible for this.
Trying A Little Harder
Camden tried his best to hide the urgency in his voice when he spoke to his daughter. Sure, he was trying to push her a little harder.
But he didn’t want her to feel like she was in trouble because she wasn’t.
None of this was her fault. But if she didn’t speak up, there was no way he could prevent this from happening again.
The harder Camden pushed, the more he could see fear emanating from his daughter’s eyes. She knew exactly how she ended up in the hospital, but she was afraid of telling the truth.
Why was that? What was she hiding? What he should’ve asked was who it was that she was trying to protect.
Who was it that scared her so much?
What Was She Hiding?
It was clear that Cailyn was hiding something. But what was it? Why wasn’t she trying to protect herself by telling her parents what really happened to her?
Did she think they wouldn’t find out? Did she think she would be in trouble for telling the truth? Or was there more to it?
Was she actually afraid of the person who caused all this trouble?
Seeing that he had no other way to find the truth Camden begged his daughter for answers.
He told her that he couldn’t help her if he didn’t know what was happening, and she seemed to understand where he was coming from.
But she needed an extra nudge. She needed to know that she would be protected once she spoke up.
“Please, honey, Daddy and I need to know if there is any bad food in the house that made you sick.
We need to throw it out before it makes everyone else sick. We don’t want that, do we honey?”
Then Cailyn said something unexpected. “I didn’t eat anything at home, Mommy.” Sheri and Camden looked at each other in confusion.
All Was Revealed
They could see that Cailyn was trying to keep something under wraps. But she eventually spoke up. “After school, Granny took me to have a hamburger and fries and a milkshake.
It was delicious, but the hamburger wasn’t cooked. It was pink inside, and I didn’t finish it.”
Camden could feel the blood boiling in his veins. He should’ve known that it was Cheryl causing all this trouble.
Camden just stood there, fists clenched, as he tried to understand what it was that his daughter was saying.
He had been suspecting his mother-in-law for a while now, but he never thought the woman would go this far.
Did she do this on purpose? Did she harm her own grandchild for her own selfish gain?
Even though Camden was furious with his mother-in-law, he couldn’t help but feel partially responsible for what had happened.
He had seen things before. He had questioned his mother-in-law regarding her actions.
But he never put an end to them because he never expected something like this to happen. Did that mean that he was to blame?
It Needed To End
Camden knew that playing the blame game wouldn’t help anyone at that point. Everyone knew who was responsible for the hospitalization now.
And since they had the answers, they could put an end to this madness.
If his wife didn’t get the point by now, she never would. But he was determined to put an end to this.
Camden was fed up with the madness that had blanketed his family since his mother-in-law moved in. And he would not be tolerating it anymore.
He could deal with her pushing her way through in certain things. And he was willing to bend to her will every now and then.
But this was something he would not be tolerating.
This time she had gone too far, and it could’ve cost his daughter her life. She would be happy if she ever got to go near his family again.
Her stubbornness had gone too far. And if his was the only say in this matter, she would be leaving on the spot, and she would never be allowed back.
But could he really do that to his wife?
“Thank you for telling us sweetie. I think that hamburger made you sick.” While Sheri sat by Cailyn’s bedside, Camden dialed Cheryl’s number. She had some explaining to do.
But she didn’t answer. Camden knew that he had to talk to her face to face. He couldn’t wait to get home.
But what would Cheryl have to say in her defense?
A Mother’s Anguish
Sheri’s heart shattered into a million pieces upon hearing Cailyn’s version of events. Anguish filled her voice as she whispered, “How did this happen?
How could Mom do this against our wishes?”
Camden’s jaw clenched, his anger simmering beneath the surface. He vowed to confront Cheryl and hold her accountable for her actions, no matter the consequences.
As soon as they returned home from the hospital, Camden stormed into the garden cottage, his frustration and concern bubbling over. Cheryl, taken aback by his intensity, tried to feign innocence.
But Camden was no longer willing to overlook her behavior.
He accused her of intentionally feeding Cailyn unhealthy food, disregarding their rules, and sabotaging their efforts to provide a healthy environment for their daughter.
A Grandmother’s Regret
Cheryl’s tears fell freely as she realized the magnitude of her mistake. “I didn’t mean to harm Cailyn. I only wanted her to be happy, to feel loved.”
Camden’s anger softened slightly as he saw the remorse in Cheryl’s eyes. “Love means protecting her, not putting her health in danger,” he replied sternly.
But there was one more thing that Camden wanted to talk to Cheryl about.
As soon as Cheryl had dried her tears and composed herself, Camden prepared himself for what he was going to talk to her about next.
It wasn’t easy for him. After all, it was his wife’s mother, but he had to know what was going on. His daughter’s life now depended on it.
And he needed to put an end to Cheryl’s reckless behavior. He decided it was time to confront her about the situation.
I Don’t Know
“Cheryl, we need to talk,” he said, trying to maintain a calm tone despite his growing anger. “I spoke with Cailyn’s basketball coach, and he informed me that she hasn’t been attending practice. Care to explain why?”
Cheryl’s eyes widened in surprise, and she stuttered, “I… I’ve been taking her to practice every Thursday.
I don’t understand how she could’ve missed it.”
Camden’s suspicions were confirmed, and he couldn’t hold back his frustration any longer. “Cheryl, this is not the first time I’ve noticed something off about Cailyn’s routines,” he said, his voice tinged with accusation.
“I’ve seen you sneaking things into her lunch, taking her to the mall, and who knows what else you’ve been doing behind our backs.
And now she’s in hospital. What’s going on?”
Crossing The Line
Cheryl’s face turned pale, and she tried to defend herself through tears. “I just wanted to spoil Cailyn a little.
She works so hard at school and then has to do sports as well. It’s too much for the poor girl. I didn’t think it would cause any harm,” she pleaded, her voice cracking.
Camden shook his head in disbelief. “Cheryl, you may have had good intentions, but you crossed a line.”
“We trusted you to take care of our daughter, not undermine our parenting decisions and deceive us. Cailyn’s basketball practice is important to her, and you took that away from her without our knowledge or consent.”
Sheri, who had overheard the conversation, joined them with a worried expression.
“What’s going on?” she asked, her voice filled with concern.
A Broken Trust
Camden turned to Sheri, trying to keep his voice steady. “Your mother has been manipulating Cailyn’s routines, making decisions without our knowledge.
She hasn’t been attending basketball practice, and who knows what else she’s been doing behind our backs.”
Sheri’s eyes widened in shock as she processed the information. She looked at her mother, her voice filled with disappointment and hurt.
“Mom, why would you do this? We trusted you to take care of Cailyn, not to undermine us.” But Cheryl just shrugged and told them to relax and give her and Cailyn a break.
Camden couldn’t believe the audacity of Cheryl. He had enough of her meddling in their lives.
First, the unhealthy lunches and now keeping Cailyn from basketball. It was unacceptable.
Cheryl’s tears flowed freely now as she realized the gravity of her actions. “I just wanted to be involved, to help out and make things easier for everyone,” she sobbed. “
I never meant to cause any harm or betray your trust.”
Camden sighed heavily, the weight of the situation pressing down on him. “Cheryl, we appreciate your help, but it has to be within the boundaries we set as parents.
In the following days, the Pearce household was filled with tension and strained relationships.
Camden and Sheri had decided that Cheryl needed to understand the consequences of her actions.
They had asked her to give them some space and move back to her cottage temporarily until they could figure out a way to rebuild trust.
A Lesson Learned?
Cheryl felt immense guilt and regret for her behavior. She realized that she had let her desire to be involved cloud her judgment and had crossed boundaries that should never have been crossed. She spent those days reflecting on her actions and contemplating how she could make amends.
She realized that her desire to be helpful had spiraled into controlling behavior and a breach of trust. She felt a deep sense of remorse and knew that she needed to make amends.
Disclaimer: In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.