Here's to wishing time spent with your mother this weekend doesn't live up to your worst expectations.
Honestly, its a huge relief my mother is 200 miles away from me and afraid to drive this far from home! I can't imagine how I would handle things if I were in your position. A few years ago, I would have buckled and been the dutiful daughter. Today, I might just have my mom thrown in a home somewhere.
Still she manages to infuriate me! I told her off via email today. She had it coming, but if I had been in a better frame of mind, I'd have been more patient with her. I was already dancing on the edge! She tipped me a little.
“Mothers are all slightly insane.” ― J.D. Salinger
“When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it's a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.” ― Erma Bombeck
One that surfaced today while I was stewing was from 5th grade. I was in a school play in which I played a maid. My mother, always having to impress, bought an actual maid's uniform for me. The stage in our elementary school was in the same room as the cafeteria; kitchen on one side, stage on the other and a small basement area beneath the stage for dressing rooms and storage. That room had high windows up above at sidewalk level.
“Everyone has the right to tell the truth about her own life.” ― Ellen Bass,
My costume got some dust and wrinkles during the episode and Mom was livid. No explanation was good enough. When I was little, my mother threatened my father with calling C.P.S. if he didn't stop beating me with the belt buckle until welts were raised or my skin was broken. My mother made sure not to leave permanent marks. She pulled out the ruler and began to terrorize me! I crawled under my bed in retreat and she proceeded to scream at me and smack any part of me she could reach off and on for several hours until my father came home.
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” ― A.A. Milne