I don't have the good fortune of having in-laws I get along with. It is what it is. We just don't get each other and likely never will. At first I thought it was a nervousness thing. In time, I've concluded we are just very different people with vastly different communication preferences.
By that I mean they don't communicate effectively or at all whereas I like conversation and make an effort to ask questions and find out what's been going on. In the 10 years I've known them, they have Never asked me how I was doing. I just get to hear a lot of ramblings about neighbours and their kids, people who I don't know. It is totally one sided. Times that by 3 days and I want to kill myself.
It feels like (is) a huge chore to spend time with them. I dread it. I know D would like it if we got along better. But you cannot force what isn't there. Plus I don't have much of a tolerance for mediocrity. It's downright painful to be around them. And though I've never met her, D's ex-wife felt the same.
I consider myself to be a fairly decent communicator and have a wide interest base but seriously, I cannot find any amount of common ground outside of some hobbies with D's dad (target shooting and fishing). If they weren't my in-laws, I'm sure we wouldn't chose to be around each other.
They just aren't very caring or giving people but insist on a certain amount of "face time" to appease some social norm. I've managed to duck out of a number of such events because they aren't pleasant and I hate pretending to be interested in something I'm not. That's not respectful to either party. I'm at the point where I don't care what they think of me. The unbelievable part is that they feel they have been so successful in creating a "close and loving" family!
I wish they could be honest with themselves and admit they don't really care about anyone. That they prefer being alone on their 9 acre property in the middle of nowhere. It would solve a lot of problems and take the pressure off of everybody. D is used to having parents who are more into themselves than their children. His brother is cut from the same cloth but with sarcasm and mean spiritedness added in. So no, I don't get along with him either.
D tolerates it because it is what he knows. After all they aren't "bad" people...He is used to them not caring enough to ask about what's going on and who manages to forget things like him losing his job a week after he told them...A lot of times I get so angry for him. He just shrugs it off which makes me even more angry.
So am I surprised when they didn't bother to ask how I was doing after I broke my arm? Not at all. If they were my real parents, I'd have some serious issues.
I'm of the school that you teach people how to treat you. And if you continue to allow someone to treat you like crap, then you are consciously propagating an unhealthy relationship.