I haven’t posted in a long time. I’ve been feeling sad. I’m okay and still functioning at a fairly normal level, but I’ve been having feelings I’d rather not feel.
I met my sister. That was fine. Apparently her parents even knew we were spending the weekend together. My biological father apparently told her to tell me “hi” from him, which almost made me cry because I’d assumed he hated me for writing him a letter three years ago, introducing myself and subsequently upsetting his wife. He still stays away, but it doesn’t sound like he hates me. His wife still does though. Because I wrote a letter once three years ago. “Maybe when ten years have passed and she sees that her life hasn’t changed at all, she’ll be okay with it,” I told my sister. But if she’s still mad after three years, I can’t imagine another seven will help. I also can’t imagine him choosing to talk to me when it would upset his wife further and NOT talking to me only upsets me in my house where I cry in my shower alone.
A lot has happened this year. I’m having trouble wrapping my head around it all. I don’t even know where to start.
Last night my daughter said about the fact that I don’t speak to my mother, “It’s not too late to make the right choice.” I tried to explain, “This is the right choice.” She’s never met my mother, only seen pictures. My mother has required full time care on account of her crippling mental illness and prescription drug addiction for more than twice as long as my daughter has been alive. Dante said she doesn’t really speak anymore, presumably for the same reasons, and no one else in the family can bear to deal with her anymore. I don’t think I’m in the wrong here. I thought my daughter understood when I explained that my mother has a disease that makes her say and do mean things, and she refuses to be treated for the disease.
I don’t know what to tell her. My mother is the only person I’ve ever actively cut from my life (my dad was a passive removal – I just stopped initiating everything – same with Dante honestly), and it was really hard and I was sooooo suicidal every time she’d call me to yell at me. I lived in fear of the phone ringing, and I cried all the time and had trouble functioning. How do you explain that to a 5-year-old? Every day she tells me she loves me and asks me to marry her. I don’t want to tell her how bad things can get with a mother. I don’t want her to live in fear that things with us will turn out the same way.