Mom was busy yesterday. She met with her Hospice nurse today, she had a large job of instructing someone how to make her famous potato salad and yet still carved out time to accuse me of being lazy, slovenly and piggish. Okay, the piggish statement was a joke, though knowing the comment “Don’t eat it all” makes me see red.
I can’t get mad at her, well, I can, I just can’t let it blow out all over her. She knows she’s pushing my buttons. She even admits to it. I don’t know why. I’m not sure I want to know why, it would probably make my head implode. I know my emotions are in a snarl as well so I think any kind of joke or button pushing will hit me so totally off center that there isn’t really any hope for me not to walk away and keep walking. I can’t do that, I don’t want to be that person. I won’t be that person.
I have noticed when I’m angry, really, really angry I stuff it down with inappropriate behavior, like Mega Stuff Golden Oreos (the absolutely most perfect Oreo in the whole universe), I avoid coming home by “researching” things on the internet and sorta stretch the truth as to why I was late “Traffic and red lights all the way,” Never mind that I left an hour or so later than when I got off. The last few days I’ve been sublimating my anger by buying stuff for her. Not horribly expensive, but expensive looking. Well, expensive looking on a monitor. Trinkets, baubles and tea. I signed her up for Tea Sparrow, it’s a monthly tea delivery site out of Canada. It’s going to be delivered to her without my name on it so she thinks she has a secrete admirer.
Though the goal is to make her feel loved, in truth it’s to help me assuage the guilt for feeling so irritated and angry with her. I did this in MTC 150 years ago when my companion and I didn’t get a long at all. I would have Elder Kelsch pick up something from the book store and post it from the outside. It didn’t change the way she felt about me, but it did make me not liking her….well…hating her….more justifiable to me. In my mind it took the power I thought she had over me, actually the power I gave her over me, and magically transformed it in my mind as me having power over her. Power is a lot like control: It’s an illusion. It was before I realized that the only power I have in this world is the power over myself. I’m doing it again. I’m trying to supplant the anger, frustration and emotional distress in my heart and mind by buying her things she really doesn’t need, so I can make her feel better but in reality I want the power over her, in my mind anyway. Luckily for me, though she hasn’t changed much…… well ever……..but that shouldn’t deter me from doing my best in making her last days loved and as nice as possible. Even if it means staying up and extra hour or so to do the dishes so she doesn’t think I’m leaving all the work for the morning person K.
But seriously, if I don’t do a button-ectomy soon she is going to drown in chiffon scarves, packets of tea and crystal watches.
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