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Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 27. 11 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2014 at 10:07pm

Oh Patricia, I hear pain in your words! The beautiful person you are, the enthusiasms, the color purple, the motorized vehicle and all the many ways you express joy and contentment offers rich treasures for those who can see them. 

Well, I know your cheesecake will be yummy and they will go away having been well fed, with good hosting taking place. The days turn warmer, the skies clearer, the friends truer and all is well with you. Celebrate your life with full gusto ... remember the best revenge is to be happy! Each day is an opportunity to experience the good in life.  You go for it. 

And if you need to rant when the visit ends, this is a good, safe place to do it. 

Comment by Patricia on April 30, 2014 at 2:13pm

I've had no part of moronism for 50 years.

As for forgiveness, how does a person forgive a parent who drops a daughter over something so petty as a supposed comment dear ol' dad didn't like? I can never forget this either & won't even try. I have no idea what it was, & my husband can't remember ever saying anything to insult daddy-o.

I guess technically, they dumped me 14 years ago, but she lied to me about the reasons for not visiting us every time they came to BC, which is why I didn't tell them about my cancer until after they went back home.

They came to see my youngest granddaughter's birth, & I was having my mastectomy at the same time, but I chose not to tell them of my diagnosis because I didn't want a duty visit to make my cancer more important than I was. They are negative people & would have me up to my shoulders in a grave before they got done. NO THANK YOU!!!

What I am going to do though, is make sure I make some tasty meals & a cheesecake so I can escape to the kitchen if nothing else. At least they can't leave saying I didn't feed them well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 30, 2014 at 1:56pm

Joan, I agree about forgiveness.  Mormonism teaches that to forgive, you have to forget.  No way I'm forgetting.  That is not a safe thing to do.

Comment by Patricia on April 30, 2014 at 1:51pm

My daughter is not caught up in the moronism......mother is moron, daughter is evangelical whatever, & my son-in-law has judged moronism as an evil cult. Mother left a book of moron at their place once, & my daughter threw it out right away. I keep wondering who is out-religioning who in their lives. Mother has moved to their city, Kelowna, since she moved back to Canada from California. (You may have heard of it Joan, not that far from you.)

I can't see anything rich or meaningful about any visit with mother of the year.....never was that way, & never will be. I haven't seen her for 14 years & it's nearly 9 since she dumped me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2014 at 1:33pm

Patricia, I am not a great fan of forgiveness. I am safer if I don't forget. I hope it turns out to be a rich and meaningful visit even as I would be prepared to just waste time with someone for whom you have no affection. 

I am really sorry your daughter is caught up in the cult of mormonism. That is about as a dead end a life journey as I can imagine. Well, at least you have the ability to think for yourself and don't have to put up with the twaddle.  

Comment by Patricia on April 30, 2014 at 1:26pm

I have no idea of the ''why'' of the visit, other than the fact of her being now 86.

On my last birthday she sent a card with an apology, requesting forgiveness, & that she ''loves'' me. I don't buy the love thing after so many decades of being ignored or treated with indifference, & the being ''dumped'' because of something my husband supposedly said to put dear ol' dad off, is not an easy pill to swallow.

Moronism is definitely not in the cards as she knows full well I'll never buy that either.

I just hate the fact she's dragged my daughter into the middle of things & has her driving her here Saturday. My daughter has been brainwashed into an evangelical religion by her husband, so not much in common there either.

Nothing major is going to be discussed, especially with my daughter here, & I can't emotionally handle re-hashing the past......AGAIN! It's been done a thousand times, with & without professional help, & it hasn't made any difference whatsoever.

There can be nothing other than the most impersonal of relationships here, so I don't know what the hell she expects. I don't want to see her, but I also don't want to come across as the bitch in the equation.

Too little, waaaaaaaay too late, as far as I'm concerned.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 30, 2014 at 8:58am

PS: Patricia, after the visit, I'd be curious to know why she wants to visit you, if you can figure it out.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 30, 2014 at 8:56am

Hoping you get through the biological "mother" visit OK Patricia.

Comment by booklover on April 30, 2014 at 7:46am

Felaine, that's a trip I would love to take!

Good luck with your mother Patricia. You can do it!

Cool k.h. getting to see a double rainbow!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2014 at 1:23am

Felaine, a lovely video of flying low and slow. Thanks for sharing. 

 

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