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  • #358946
    NeW
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    hi anita, It has now been 5 weeks since this all started and I had hoped I would become more OK with it but I find it more painful and hurtful as time goes on?

    It’s challenging right now because my husband and I are working so hard in the evenings/weekends to build our own barn and move the horses home, but for right now, they are still on my mother’s adjacent property. Hopefully within the next month they will be moved! I see her watching me care for them from her window every morning and night and the other night she stopped in the barn to visit the horse and totally pretended she didn’t see me when I was feet away. I said hello but she didn’t respond. I was so angry after she left, I wanted to go to her house, knock on her door and scream at her, and say how immature she was and what did she think this was going to do? I practised some serious self-control and didn’t but I still struggle to believe she is acting this way. I am honestly afraid to open my mouth right now to her because I am so angry (and hurt!)

    I still have not sent her a message because I still have this feeling that she will feel she ‘won out’ and I KNOW she will forward it to everyone who will listen. Ugh.

    On another great note we are expanding our family and that is bringing up so many more feelings of hurt and betrayal from her. I don’t know if I am gaining some self confidence from this experience because I find myself thinking/saying ‘she doesn’t even deserve me in her life’…or maybe this is a self-protection mechanism? I said to my husband recently that I think she just taken it too far this time, I don’t know that I can forgive her and move past this treatment.

    #358956
    anita
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    Dear NeW:

    “We are expanding our family”, meaning you are expecting a baby???

    Sorry to read that your horses are still on your mother’s property, and therefore you get to witness your mother ignoring you intentionally so to hurt you (“totally pretended she didn’t see me.. I said hello but she didn’t respond”).

    You wrote that you wanted to tell her “how immature she was and what did she think this was going to do?”. She is immature but not clueless about what she is doing. She knows that it hurts you that she ignores you, and she continues to ignore you so to keep you hurting. And she is succeeding: “that is bringing up so many more feelings of hurt and betrayal from her”.

    To figure out what is happening, there is no need to go beyond this simple and obvious truth: she has been ignoring you every day, about 35 days and going, because she wants you to hurt.

    Take this thought in, let it sink in. Take it in because it is true. Unless you don’t believe it is true, do you?

    anita

     

    #359431
    NeW
    Participant

    you’re absolutely right anita:

    she has been ignoring you every day, about 35 days and going, because she wants you to hurt

    should I just move on and not try to address it?

    and yes, we are expecting a baby!

     

    #359436
    anita
    Participant

    Dear NeW:

    Congratulations, how exciting! In regard to your mother, yes, I would move on and not try to address anything with her because she is still trying to hurt you. When you have your baby, and you find out that a particular person wants to hurt your baby, will you allow that person access to your baby? I can hear your answer through the world wide web: NO!!!

    Well, don’t give your mother access to you (or to your baby)!

    anita

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    #361641
    NeW
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    Thank you! I am still struggling with the new reality that my own mother won’t be a part of this journey.

    One of my aunts has sensed that there is some tension going on between my mother and I (my family loves gossip and drama), and she asked what happened. In the past, I would have vented away, looking for support and giving all the details, but instead I just said ‘I hope you can respect the fact that I am taking the high road and do not want to discuss it’. If  she hears it from the ‘horse’s mouth’, that is one thing, but it won’t be coming from me.

    I have also realized that even though many people will side with you face-to-face and seem supportive, they will often run to the other party immediately after and do the same. I am sure there is a proper word for it! and I am sure it links back to the primitive need for people to like us.

    It is my birthday this week so it will be interesting to see what happens. If my mother does not acknowledge it all, I think I will know that is a final nail in the coffin to move on and she is not a person I want in my life. I have a feeling she will passive aggressively leave me a gift though! 🙂

    #361653
    anita
    Participant

    Dear NeW:

    If your family indeed “loves gossip and drama”, maybe your aunt “sensed that there is some tension going on” between your mother and you because your mother told her so.

    I re-read your earlier posts this morning. You wrote back in May: “Over the last 3 years I have continually tried explain how I felt not good enough and tried to prove my worth to her.. trying to explain what I needed in a mother/ daughter relationship… I was working on a great tool box of navigating our relationship… she was continually being dishonest to me.. I  made my boundaries very clear- please be honest with me, I will not tolerate lying”.

    Reads like you inconvenienced your mother greatly: you were … bright eyed and bushy tailed, fresh out of therapy, holding your newly acquired tool box to navigate your relationship with her, ready to do all the work that needs to be done… and she wanted none of that, so she is giving you the silent treatment, more than 2  months at this point.

    There are a few Churchill quotes about the truth that I like: “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened”- reads to me that your mother hurried off and away every time you presented some inconvenient truth to her, and you kept chasing her, so she stonewalled you.

    Another one of his quotes: “A lie gets half way around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on”- perhaps your mother is so committed to the lie that you have no chance of taking advantage of that toolbox with her because your toolbox deals with truth.

    Maybe to resume a relationship with her you have to “pick (yourself) up and hurry off as if nothing had happened” ?

    anita

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