O/T Punch Bowl
This is way off topic vent, and kind of a weird coincidence, since Gilly was just asking for punch recipes...
My mother sent an email to me and my sister, stating that my Great Aunt is downsizing and moving into a condo. Auntie wanted my mother to ask if one of us would like to have my Great Grandmother's punch bowl. Of course I would like to have it, as this was the punch bowl used at my wedding shower, reception, and baby shower, plus every Easter and Mother's Day celebration since I can remember.
So I emailed back saying that I would love to have it. Mother immediately emailed back saying, "Your brother's wife has already claimed it. If this a problem?" I was floored! One, my brother's wife wasn't even included on the email offering the punch bowl, which makes me wonder if mother offered it to her before asking my sister and me. Two, my brother's wife never even knew my Great Grandmother, so it can't hold the same sentimental value to her that it does me. Three, her "is that a problem" response makes it sound as though I can't argue her decision without turning it into one. There are a million other reasons why I would prefer ANYONE have that punch bowl besides her, but those are my biggies.
Of course I'm absolutely livid. But I'm not going to email back because I feel like the damage is done. She's already hurt me with her response, and I'll just end up looking like the bad guy if I say anything. I've been mulling this over for a few days, and now I'm wondering if I'm being childish by being hurt by this. I'm feeling guilty for being angry over it, and also wondering if I'm being dumb for not emailing back to say, "Of course it's a problem!"
What do you guys think?