|Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 || Why should they care?|
My mother has called me no less than two dozen times to ask if what she is purchasing for Christmas gifts for my family is the "right" thing. Every time I tell her, "Mom, I am sure it will be fine. Keep the receipts. If they don't like it, it can be returned."
Last night I was, yet again, telling Rob that she'd called, yet again, to ask the same questions. (And of course, she seems to call when I can't answer the phone and I get a voicemail saying, "It's your mother....where are you....I really need to talk to you" as if something is really wrong, but that's another story, eh dear sisters?) I was a bit exasperated at this point, to say the least.
"She's obviously seeking your approval," Rob replied, matter-of-factly.
What?! Whose the parent in this relationship anyway? Why in creation would she be seeking my approval?
I just don't get it, but this isn't the first time that someone has told me that she, and other family members, find it important that I approve of what they say or do or buy.
Who am I that they would feel this way? Or what do I do/have I done that anyone would try so hard to make sure I am not offended or that I approve of them and the things they do?
Especially my mother.
I just don't get it.
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