Breakups suck. At best, you never have to see each other again, proceeding upon your separate paths with the personal growth and learning experience behind you. At worst, your ex is part of your family forever and you have no excuse not to be consistently reminded of your past.
A recent Reddit thread was dedicated to the ultra-specific, ultra-awful worst case scenario: when an ex marries into the family (through someone else, of course). One guy's story went viral with its lesson on how kids raise the stakes.
TaylorSchwiftyAMA's story gives your breakup a run for its money:
I dated a woman for a couple of months many years ago, then broke up with her. However, she adored my family, so she continued to hang around with them - parents, brothers, etc. Fast forward 10 years, and she's dating my younger brother, and I have to invite them TO MY WEDDING. Fast forward another year or two, and THEY get married... so now my ex-GF is my sister-in-law.
So his ex-girlfriend is his sister-in-law. They're bound by marriage after all, even if the marriage isn't between them.
How much more awkward can it get? Very.
BUT WAIT. I am named after my father (like a junior)... so I should give my son the same, right? Like TaylorSchwiftyAMA III... except I decide not to - He can become his own man, instead of living in his dad's/granddad's shadow. So THEY name their first son TaylorSchwiftyAMA III... ergo my nephew has MY name. My ex-GF now shrieks my name every time Lil' Taylor gets into shit.
That is NOT how I wanted that break-up to go AT ALL.
There's no escape when your nephew is, well, you.
TaylorSchwiftyAMA added an epilogue about what things are like in practice with his ex-girlfriend who is now his sister-in-law.
My wife is OK with things, because we don't live in the same city (edit: as my brother's family) and only see
each otherthe rest of the family on holidays and special occasions. However, it doesn't help stereotypes that we happen to be from a southern state. No Southerner wants to contribute to inbreeding jokes more than they absolutely have to.
Holidays could be awkward as balls, with when both Schwifty and his nephew are responding to the same name.
Another Redditor, jeeta22, jumped in with a similar tale, this time, offering the perspective of the kid.
My parents. My mom at 15 told her sister who was dating my dad at the time (3yr age difference) that she was going to marry my dad. My aunt laughed and said it's a girl crush. A few years later my aunt and dad had broken up. Mom and dad are both attending the same college had a few classes together. She knew who he was, she seemed vaguely familiar to him. Eventually they started to date, and get married after dating for 5 years. Mom's family loved him. Aunt and mom are still great friends and talk have always joked about it. As an adult I asked my aunt the last time I saw her (a few months ago) she said she always knew my mom was right when she saw them interact the first time after they (she and my dad) broke up. My parents have been married since the 70s. Still act like teenagers. I think my Aunt was the vessel that brought them together.
Awww. I guess it's not necessarily so bad. You do want your parents to know your aunts and uncles well. Even if it's too well.