Wow, I'm ashamed that I still keep trying to bargain for a different set of moms. Yes, I intellectually know the situation wont change. I know my birth mom is not available, never has been, emotionally, or physically, for me or my family. My mom is around, but she is also unavailable to a point. I sit here this morning, trying to sort through the things my birth mom recently said to me. The fact that she does not have a bond with me, honestly doesnt give a darn if I drop off the face of this earth. She backs what my full birth brother does, age 39, regardless if he's wrong. She's been enabling him for 20 years now. She is a liar, yeah, I know this. She cheats, yeah I know this. She's dishonest, oh wait that was covered under a liar. Probably the worst part is, she tells false stories, and people believe her.
OK, so what is it that I want? I'm doing it again, trying to restore that fantasy I've had forever. It must be a mistake, I must have the wrong woman. How could this woman be my birth mother?
I keep searching for the good. She sometimes seems to be on my side, she kind of seems to like me, then when she tells me these terrible stories about my birth brother (she kept) dating these young girls, etc (I wont elaborate) she pretends like she does not know what has happened over the past 30 years of our reunion. She acts like an idiot, pretends she doesnt know what I'm talking about, and a stranger would think after she's done talking, that my birth brother is a saint, a wonderful and honest person that has his life together. She is clever, she is crafty, she is believable.
OK, so she tells me stories I have asked not to hear about my birth brother, I get upset, and then she turns on me. Tells me that I say nasty words to her, and before I was fine. She doesnt understand why I get upset with her, and say what I say...YES SHE DOES. As though there is no basis for my words? What, is she kidding me? Thats like being the mother of a murderer who then turns to another and says her son is a saint, wonderful person, and expecting to hear a glowing review. I dont know what she wants me to say in response, I cannot lie. Its the pure truth that my birth brother is a non functioning person, has type 1 diabetes, has bipolar disorder, has severe OCD, has severe anxiety he cannot go in public much. He takes steroids to build his muscles - has abused drugs for many years, such as meth, LSD, and another liquid drug that destroys the brain. Oh, and he has irreversible brain damage from drugs as well. I'm not making this stuff up. Why does she turn on me and make me seem like the villain? I am the easy kid, never did drugs, got married and I'm still happily married, independent. I was lucky not to get any mental disorder such as bipolar disorder, I dont have any OCD, and I dont have anxiety disorder. That was just pure luck of the draw!
This is why I sit here this morning, bargaining. Thinking maybe theres a way to make this right, when in reality, I have tried over and over again and failed. Never able to make it right, and never able to get through to her. Each time she gets mad at me, pretending that I am the villain, when in reality, I am just being truthful and have been nothing but up front with her about our relationship and what I want.
I have wanted her to act more like a mom, not someone you met just yesterday. I wanted her to be like family, act like the grandma to my kids. I wanted her to be involved with my extended family. None of these things have ever happened, and its been 30 years this year. Time to get my head cleared out and straight. She is not coming for me, or making this right. Its ridiculous for me to continue to have hope, dont you think? I mean 30 years is a long time to wait! I have been patient, I have gone back to her again and again. Maybe I need to write her a letter, explaining what I have wanted from her, so there is no misunderstanding.
All I know is that I need to get a grip on myself. I have to stop bargaining. Maybe I was not meant to have a mom, maybe this is my cross to bear. Maybe I am supposed to learn how to give what I did not get, which I believe I am successfully doing now, with my own kids. I think that is what I am supposed to do in this lifetime, be accepting.
Sounds like it's time to grieve the Mom you should have had but don't.ReplyDelete