My daughter came home from college to visit this past week, and I showed her the "Thank You" card I received from my birth mom for sending her a Christmas card. I asked her what she thought.
I handed her the card, and she quickly gave it back to me saying she could not read it, she had seen enough and it was ridiculous that she would send me a "Thank You" card in turn for sending her a Christmas card. She did not want to know what else she wrote, she somewhat shushed me up.
She is right, its strange that she sent me this card, and I wish I understood her purpose. She's not written me in years, has never sent the kids birthday cards, or Christmas cards to us, so why this card?
Why not an apology letter instead? Apologizing for betraying me? Clearly she has no plan on sending me that type of card or she would have done it by now. How about a simple card, saying just "Sorry" - asking to move forward and forgive her. 30+ years into reunion, you'd think this would be easy for her to do, apologize and realize what she's done. I met her when I was 19, and I'm turning 50 on June 8th this year.
Its almost ironic that she wants to believe that I am the crazy one, point the finger at me for what she has done over the years. Make me into the one that has caused all the problems. Wish she'd get real, wake up, and take responsibility for her actions. I have apologized for being mad, in turn, for her craziness. There is not much more I can do...to make her realize what she has done. Sometimes I imagine just shaking her, slapping her face and telling her to wake up. I have even suggested many times to go to counseling. But honestly, when a person refuses to face themselves, for whatever the reason and can easily betray their own daughter, telling others she is mentally ill and a liar, then I honestly doubt I can shake her back into reality. This is work she has to do on her own.
Maybe the card is the first step? Or maybe she just wants something from me?
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