What is it about family that can drive us so completely insane? It's crazy to think that you're actually related to such monstrous people. Those thoughts blared in Nancy's head as she encountered what turned out to be a vicious grandmother. From the moment Nancy was born, her grandma Pam set her sights on the little tyke. Nancy saw her as another mother figure to find support in. Once she grew up, she realized just how effectively Pam had manipulated her unsuspecting father.
This tragic tale occurred while Nancy and her husband, Chuck, were visiting Pam in her Florida home with their 3 year old son, Jason. They arrive one picturesque day and everything is seemingly fine. One important fact to include: Chuck and Nancy's parenting styles. They were only trying to have Jason act polite, use an indoor voice, and follow instructions, since he was so young and impressionable. Unfortunately, the meltdowns happened with shocking frequency around Pam.
Nancy and Chuck asked Pam not to give Jason sugar before dinner? "Oh, it's just a lollipop!" she would snap back.
They try to tell Pam not to buy a toy for Jason in every store they go to? "You're so mean! I didn't raise you to treat your kid like this!" she would volley back at them.
These parents just try to tell Pam that she should discipline Jason for his temper tantrums and not give into him? "He's just a little boy! You need to hug him!"
Seeing as how this was supposed to be a vacation, Nancy tried her best to put these spats behind her and enjoy herself. But she was in for a rude awakening when she found what Pam would be scheming next.
The family decided to visit a massive flea market the very next day. Chuck, always the supportive husband, volunteers to take their purchases back to the car, while the rest of the family sits down for lunch. The exact moment Chuck steps outside the market, Jason launches in an epic tantrum. He had seen a toy that he absolutely needed to have immediately, which Pam tries to worm her way into buying for him. Nancy shuts it down. Why would they be rewarding such awful behavior from Jason?! Karen pouts and exclaims, "It's just a dollar! Why are you so mean?! Why don't you let me buy him anything?!"
Somehow, that sets off an even worse meltdown from Jason. Nancy couldn't believe a child could scream so loudly. Thankfully, Chuck returned at that very moment, immediately scooped up the flailing kid in his arms, and took him to the bathroom, where they would be having a chat. At this point, Pam is screeching at Nancy, accusing Chuck of abusing little Jason, how Nancy and Chuck were atrocious parents who clearly don't love their only son. Things amazingly cool down when Larry emerges from the bathroom, little Jason hugging his father around the neck. Chuck had a stern yet effective talk with Jason, and everything seems to be fine. Except for Nancy, who at this point is fuming over her nasty grandma. Unfortunately for Nancy, things were about to get a whole lot more intense.
The next day, Nancy receives a call from her dad. He was livid, screaming at Nancy for allowing Chuck to abuse her son and for her fighting with Pam. It was astonishing, she had never heard her father bellow with such rage. Apparently Pam had called him last night, explaining that Jason was covered in black and blue marks after she saw Chuck forcefully drag him to the bathroom. Nancy firmly explained what had actually happened yesterday, gritting her teeth at the thought of Pam's manipulation. Things seemed to go a lot smoother with Nancy and her father afterwards, at least.
For a few days, Nancy and Chuck took Jason to visit Chuck's mom, who happened to live nearby as well. They just wanted to enjoy as much family as they could on this trip, but unfortunately that idea had soured pretty quickly. When they met up with Pam at the rental car return at the airport, Nancy and Chuck were greeted with an ear-piercing scream of, "Why don't you love me anymore?! I thought we had a special bond, why are you trying to hurt me?! It's probably that garbage husband of yours getting into your head, isn't it?!" Well, it turns out that Pam wanted Jason to sleep in her bed that night, and Nancy wanted Jason to cuddle with his parents at their vacation winded down. That was literally it, but it really did set off Pam beyond belief.
Good grief, it had only been a few days apart! All Nancy could do was to force a choked smile and explain the couple's vacation plan and how they had gone over it with Pam already. While Nancy tried to install Jason's car seat Pam continued to attack her, until Nancy finally let loose that she knew about all the lies that Pam was spreading about her and Chuck. Pam got a wicked gleam in her eye, and a sickening smile spread across her face as she explained her plan to a horrified Nancy.
Pam explained to an astonished Nancy and Chuck how, "I told everyone what I told your father, Nancy. I want them to take away Jason from you."
It took a split second for Nancy to react. "Chuck, honey, get our bags, we aren't staying," she spat out, eyeing her grandma. Nancy took a sleepy Jason out of his car seat and carried him on her hip, at a distance from Pam. She was genuinely surprised that Nancy and Chuck were fighting back against her plot. She assumed everything would go exactly as she wanted it to.
Pam began screaming until her voice cracked about how disrespectful Nancy was being, and that this was all Chuck's fault, and clearly Chuck is trying to tear the entire family apart. This was some next-level deranged screaming from this elderly woman. She was verbally assaulting Nancy and Chuck, what could they possibly do to shut her up?! Nancy tried to walk away, but Pam kept jumping in front of her and Jason, blocking their path. That's when Pam became truly vicious against the helpless couple and their son.
Pam reached out and grabbed Nancy by the back of her hair and tried to punch her repeatedly, all while Nancy was holding a poor, confused Jason. Pam, while trying to hurt Nancy, ended up punching Jason's back at least three times in the scuffle. Chuck tried to pry away this violent grandma, but there was no stopping Pam from her rampage. Chuck frantically got out his phone and called the cops. It wasn't long before police arrived, and they managed to restrain Pam. That elderly woman had a shocking amount of strength for her age!
She desperately tried to tell her false story to the police, about how she was saving poor Jason from these obviously wicked parents. Well it turns out that Chuck just so happened to park the car nearby a rental car agency, who had security cameras that capture the entire ordeal. The employees witnessed the entire thing, and they had the security cam footage to back up their claims. The police found bruises on Jason form where Pam had unwittingly hit him, and that was all the proof they needed.
An officer asked the winded and terrified Nancy if she would like to press charges on Pam. Surprisingly, Nancy said no. it was late, and the only thing that mattered to Nancy was that she could get her son, husband, and herself to safety. She didn't care what ended up happening to Pam, but she didn't want to wait around to find out. The family was taken by police to a nearby motel to wait out the remainder of their "vacation", while Pam was taken back to her house in the back of a police car. That wasn't the last time that Nancy would be hearing form this family member though.
Fortunately for everyone involved, that was the last time that Nancy, Chuck, or their precious son Jason ever saw Pam in person. Nancy would still receive desperate text messages every so often form Pam, about how Nancy was killing her by denying her visiting Jason, and she is still waiting for an apology. Seeing as how it had been a few years since that violent night, Nancy wasn't in any hurry to subject her immediate family to more emotional and physical torture. Ever since that fateful night, Nancy had been plagued with intense guilt. But this was ultimately for the best. Pam was manipulative and emotionally abusive, and Nancy and her family deserved far better than to put themselves through another family visit.
It turns out that Nancy's dad is also in the process of removing himself from Pam. He experienced much of the same behavior growing up with Pam for a mother, but he saw what happened with Nancy and decided that he could no longer support such an evil family member. Nancy and her family are healing together each day, away from such an abusive woman.
There's no telling who we happen to be related to and how truly evil they show themselves to be. But when push comes to shove (literally, in this case), the only solution is to remove yourself from such abuse and cut off all ties. Surely Nancy and her family are doing much better now, and they've taught Jason a valuable lesson about not allowing such toxic behavior to continue.