DEAR ABBY: My mother has never liked her sister-in- law. Mom thinks “Auntie Beth” is “completely out to get her,” even though no one has seen any evidence to support my mother’s claims.
For the past several months, Mom has been complaining nonstop about how “awful” Beth is. She says things at the most random times to people she barely knows. If we don’t show sympathy toward Mom, she then becomes enraged. It has caused many problems between our family and Auntie Beth’s. We can’t have holidays together because my aunt is not allowed in our house. No one wants to be involved in the drama or to participate in the terrible gossip.