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Linda Moran

Thank you for this. While my dad was the alcoholic, I never felt unloved with him. Embarrassed, yes, but never unloved. My mother, on the other hand, was just like your father - a controlling bitch who, I feel, never loved me and never showed me any kindnesses or support. She's been gone almost 2 years, and prior to that I hadn't spoken to her in about 5 years. I had to cut the cords to become a healthier person away from her cruelty. Like you I find it hard to understand how children can be best friends with a parent, especially a mother. I have teacher friends who are so close to their mothers, and for the longest time I couldn't figure out what was wrong with me...turns out it wasn't me. Again, thanks for putting all this into words.

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