Wobbegong Posted November 6, 2018 Author Report Share Posted November 6, 2018 I also have a new mom story yaaaaay During my normal weekend Skype call with the parents they mentioned that they have become cocktail/hors d'oeuvres buddies with the next-door neighbors. To give some context to this development, my parents have been living in that house for 21 years and the neighbors have been there longer, and they have never been on terms better than "raise a hand in greeting if you happen to see each other on the street outside your home." Also, my mother is extremely anti-social and is a huge brat whenever my dad goes out and is social without her, so he often opts to stay home to appease her. Apparently the neighbors started it by extending an invitation and my parents mysteriously decided to go and it turned out to be fun (shocking). I'm not sure why my mom is so surprised that human interaction can be nice... she was a party girl before she had kids, after all. I guess she forgot. Anyway, she told the neighbors that I'm in Japan, and reported that the wife of the neighbor couple was very happy to me, since she knew I wanted to go to Japan. Then my mom went on to say that neighbor wife was extremely impressed with my mother for having "such a good relationship with her daughters." Mom said the neighbors' daughter no longer speaks to them, and told me in such a way as to make it sound like our being on speaking terms makes our relationship really good. I think neighbor lady just has really low standards. In a completely unsurprising display of hypocrisy, my mom followed up this neighbor story by saying, "Oh, also I heard from your sister this week, she's still alive." Unbeknownst to our mother, my sister has intentionally gone very low-contact, which our mom usually doesn't notice for months on end until she suddenly remembers my sister exists and sends her a stream of texts demanding confirmation of life (that's literally it, every time) and threatening that she will contact the police if my sister does not respond promptly. Understandably, my sister views this as manipulative and controlling behavior (in the vein of "you exist when I say you exist, and when I say jump you ask how high") so she usually resists the pressure for a few weeks. Anyway, I just thought it was hilarious and also sad that my mom would humble-brag at me about her great relationship... with me...? And then in the next breath tell me how her minimum requirement for maintaining this great relationship is evidence of life every few months. For the record, weekly Skype calls was my dad's idea and every week comes down to my dad's effort. My mom usually sleeps through most of the call. #relationshipgoals 1 Quote Link to comment
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