First, I sent one of my cousins a facebook message asking for her address so I could send her an invite to Brentley's birthday. To this day, I still haven't gotten a message back from her, and she HAS been on her facebook a lot since then.
Then, about three weeks ago (before I even sent the invitations), I got a message on facebook from my aunt (the cousin's mom) saying that her neck has just been bothering her too much, so they doesn't think THEY are going to make it. First off, she might as well just say she didn't want to come. Three weeks before the party and her neck is hurting so she can't come. I mean, really? Secondly, she has been posting on her facebook about going to eat here or going to a festival there... Brentley's party is going to be two hours at most, in an air conditioned building with plenty of places to sit. If she can go to dinner or go to a festival, she could come to his party.
Lastly, by "they," I know she means her and her daughter (the one who never messaged me her address). Her daughter is married and has a little boy. She has her own house and her own car! Yet, she can't come on her own free will. If her mom's not going, then she won't. Some family, huh?
But that's not even it... My dad told me all this today. He has been having trouble with his car, and a guy from his church offered to fix it free of charge if my dad could leave it with him this weekend. Well, that means that he won't have a car to get to Brentley's party. So, he called my aunt (the one mentioned above) to see if he could ride with her. She fed him the same crap about how she just doesn't feel well enough, and that Brentley wouldn't care if she was there anyway.
So, he moved on to his other sister. He started to ask her about getting a ride with her, and she immediately told him that she wasn't going. Just like that. No explanation or anything. Not once has she ever bothered to tell me that she wouldn't be showing up. At least my other aunt told me she wouldn't be there.
And my dad explained his situation to her, and all she said was "Well, looks like you've got a real issue there." She doesn't work, so I know she doesn't have to work. Her kids are grown with kids of their own, so it's not that. She obviously just doesn't want to come either, and she's not willing to help her brother out to get to the party.
Luckily, my dad's friend is letting my dad borrow his car, so he'll be able to come.
Whatever happened to courtesy? I'm already stressed about his party. I need to know how many people are coming so I have enough food for everyone. If someone knows they aren't going to come, then they should just say so. And there's no need for excuses. I'm aware that a birthday party for a one year old is not exactly the most exciting thing in the world. If you don't want to come, that's fine, but the least you could do is let me know you're not going to be there and be honest about it. It's not hard to do.
Okay, done ranting now.