Adapted from a recent online discussion.
Dear Carolyn: My daughter was supposed to get married soon but, upon finding out about several affairs, she has canceled the wedding. She is devastated, but has an excellent support system.
However, we have an issue with her ex-fiance's family. My family put down non-refundable deposits on numerous services like the venue, florist, photographer, etc. I think, given the circumstances of the split, her ex-fiance should reimburse us for the deposits. He caused this wedding to be canceled, and now he is just walking away, leaving thousands of lost dollars in his wake.
My daughter is adopting the attitude of just wanting to get over him and move on; she would rather not get involved with his family.
Since about half the deposits are mine, I do want to get involved. It's hard for me to let this money go out of no fault of my family. Any advice?
Yoga, punching a pillow, throwing darts at a photo of the ex, Zumba, a cocktail at 4:55 p.m. instead of 5, a mock funeral service where you bury thousands in Monopoly money - pick your method and use it to bid farewell to the cash.
Wanting people to behave as you want them to is a great way to waste a good chunk of your life. Better just to waste the money, and accept that your daughter is the luckiest person on earth right now; if this money is what it cost for her to reach this mountaintop, then arguably it was well spent. Or well set on fire.
Besides, you don't want to get on the "out of no fault of my family" road, since, for example, your daughter may well have been immersed in signs that her beloved was cheating on her, and so her wishful thinking, willful blindness and/or foot-dragging are part of the reason you're now out these nonrefundable deposits. I actually don't believe in such finger-pointing unless it's part of a process of self-examination - but I'm putting it out there as a caution against such black-and-white, me-good-you-bad thinking.
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