As I live a number of hours journey away from my parents, we don’t see each other frequently, and to be frank, this suits me fine. That said, I do like to try to see them at least once a year.
So far, we’ve only managed to ‘see’ each other via FaceTime. I wanted to see them before Christmas, to spend some (limited to protect my sanity) together, and exchange Christmas gifts without paying vast sums of money to the postal service.
I had asked mother earlier this year, but she declined to respond, glossing over my question as if it had never been asked. I tried again this month, being much more direct in my invitation, only for her to recite her list of diary engagements between now and the end of December. I offered to come to them (even though they are retired and have more available time). She went on to say that we should forget about January and February as they can be tricky for bad weather.
So here’s my reaction to this. The hurt child heard that her mother’s diary engagements are more important that making time for us to meet. So be it. I finished the phone call as fast as I could and reacted. Hurt, angry, and frustrated, I stomped round the kitchen muttering under my breath about being done trying to be a ‘good child’.
It was my dear hubby who put things back into perspective, reminding me that I cannot change my mother into the mother I need. All I can do is change how I react when she behaves true to form.
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