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Grrrr... [Jun. 6th, 2013|09:04 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz rings her mother every day and gets met with a barrage of snark and self pity. Dot is desperately jealous that we're down here paying attention to my mother and not up there paying attention to her. I stood in for Ailz the other day and got a taste of what she's up against. It was nasty. So I put on my shining imaginary cricket whites and protective gear. The way to deal with such people is to think of them as tricksy spin bowlers and go forward to them and block everything they send down.

And, maybe, every once in a while, sweep them to the boundary.

Ailz's word for her mother's behaviour is "dishonourable". I can't think of a better. 
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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2013-06-06 02:09 pm (UTC)
Obviously, she is feeling abandoned. I'm sure that she has no idea how unpleasant she is to be around. Is she up there all alone? Loneliness can kill, and is a HUGE problem for the elderly. It is not your responsibility to fix it for her. It is not children's responsibility to take care of their parents. She needs to take responsibility and find something else to do... something she enjoys... something that will make her, in turn, more pleasant to be around.

What does she enjoy (besides "motherhood"... which she needs to be done with)? Maybe Ailz can encourage her towards that.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-06-06 03:51 pm (UTC)
Motherhood? She was a lousy mother.

She and Eric were wholly wrapped up in one another- to the exclusion of everything and everyone else. She has a goodish brain which she has chosen not to develop and has no interests or hobbies.

In fact there are signs that Ailz's absence is doing her good. She's been going out more than she did when we were around. She went to an exercise class earlier this week- something she wouldn't have done if Ailz had been around to entertain her.
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