Part of his life, most of the time
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|Fri, 08-15-2014 - 10:43pm|
I'm 52 years old, and have been in a committed relationship with a wonderful man for over eight years. We have many things in common and truly enjoy each other's company. I genuinely love this man and believe he loves me, too. We both have demanding jobs and busy lives, but we talk often of having a future together. He has two sons and I am part of their lives - they've both told me that I'm the closest person to a mom they've ever had. (He has raised them alone since they were two.) What is troubling me is that, of all his family other than his sons, he is closest to his brother. Although I'm invited to a rare family get-together now and then, when his brother invites him to, for example, go out fishing on his boat, I am excluded. His brother has just invited my guy and his sons out on the boat this coming weekend. I am not invited. This has happened several times in the past, and the brother's live-in girlfriend is included, but I am not. I have tried to explain why I feel hurt and excluded, but my guy makes excuses (from my perspective), such as, "but you don't like to fish." No, but I love being on the boat and the ocean. I'm not sure if the exclusion is on his brother's part, his, or both. He knows it's a hurtful subject for me and I'm not sure he's telling me the whole story. I know this sounds cliche, but in so many ways what we have is great. I just can't help but wonder why he doesn't even think it's odd to exclude me in these outings. Whenever I have a family function, he is included. My family understands that we are a couple and always includes him. It's not just a male-bonding thing, because the brother's girlfriend is included. Please help me - tell me if you, too, think there's something odd about this or if you think I'm overreacting.