If I sit and think things through, I understand why my family doesnt get it. In my mind, it makes sense. I can get to the end and understand every single person's position. Where they are emotionally, and why.
In real life, it does not make sense, because I cant find the solution. I know what needs to be done, what needs to be said, to be cleared up, to be able to move forward to the next level.
I need to go to the next level. I have to sit and think about how I can get this accomplished. Mom does not want to discuss things that make her uncomfortable, and to be honest, I dont think she can be very honest. Its too painful to admit things about our lives, and its possible she is not even aware of how she really feels. She has spent so many years in a dysfunctional marriage, and been the caretaker of my dad, and has been abused herself, she may not know which end is up...so to speak.
OK, so I'm back to the same level I'm at. I may have to accept this level. I may have to realize that I have to micro manage my family. I have to be thick skinned, accept the insults, accept the comments. Im supposed to keep excusing mom's words, and I have to believe she really doesnt mean any of them.
Do I get smart, and call her out on her words. Or do I just continue to pretend that she really isnt saying them, and excuse her. Wait. Isnt that why I'm blogging, to get rid of this "Fantasy Mother" that really does not exist. Am I supposed to continue with this fantasy, keep pretending to make their lives easier?
Why do I always have to be the one making their lives easier? Why do I have to compromise? My sister says Im too sensitive, and that mom does not really mean what she says. OK, then what does she mean? I ask her, does mom say these things to you....no....ok....then what do you mean? So I'm continued to be told to shut up, in a nice way. I should not make anyone feel uncomfortable. OK...so go back to my first sentence....I know why mom is this way, I get it. But were all adults, lets just get through this and go to the next level.
See why Im stuck. The work has to be done by myself. I have to somehow find a way of accepting this. I go through the motions of family life, but somewhat detached. I'm not feeling the same way as they rest of them are. My kids are not feeling the same as their cousins. Our bond and attachment is different with my parents, and I am woman enough to admit it.
So I have to find a comfortable place and accept that family life will be just as its always been. I am not saying I dont love them, I'd do anything for my family. I just would like to "Feel" differently. As I've said before, I dont like having this disconnect, which is why I continue to search for ways of repairing this. I search within to find answers, and solutions.
There is no quick fix, you cant say "Move on" or "Get over it" - does not work. How does one feel that bond when its never been there to begin with ? I guess all of the parties involved possibly feel this way, searching for a bond that does not exist. There is loyalty for all parties, which is an important feeling, but its different than that bond. Maybe that is enough? Maybe I just have to accept and go to the next level knowing that loyalty and knowing my place as their daughter is enough? I cant change what has been done, or said, or continues to be said and done. I cant create a bond...like I have with my own family.
I just looked up the meaning of the word "Bond." And I found an article written in Psychology Today talking about mother-daughter relationship. They stated, "There is great value in the mother-daughter tie because the two parties care for one another and share a strong investment in the family as a whole," ---I find that interesting. All of you adoptive moms out there, remember how important it is to make sure your adopted daughters feel like they are part of the family, and investing in the family as a whole. This is crucial to make sure your daughter grows up knowing her position, her place, and realizes her importance in your life. Age 48 she should never be told that "Now, she is part of a family." --She has to know immediately, her worth, her value to you and your extended families and cherished as though you gave birth to her yourself.
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