I am in NJ. I haven’t been home since Christmas.
I need someone to speak to me…
Here are the facts:
- I left NJ in 2013, a month before my mother found out she had breast cancer.
- Since then she has started chemo, she’s had a breast removed, she had a cyst on her spine which required surgery, she has lost so much weight…she now weighs less than 100 lbs.
- My sister still lives in NJ. She has 2 kids and 2 jobs. She has to help with my mother, and it stresses her out.
- At times my mother doesn’t eat, which is something that has been happening again recently.
- I arrived Wednesday evening and I’ve cooked for her and made sure she’s taking meds to help with appetite.
So I arrived Wednesday evening. Thursday morning I had mother take her meds and I went out to get her coffee and figure out what to eat. My sister and I had been texting back and forth. At one point I mentioned that I wasn’t sure how long I’d stay here because I have to sleep on the love seat or floor and it’s not comfortable. That was my only complaint. While out getting coffee, I received a text message from her that basically said:
‘I’m not trying to start anything with you but I feel I need to say something. Imagine what its like when you’re dealing with something all the time and you have been here a whole day and you can’t deal. Mommy’s situation is not good and hasn’t been for a while. And it must be great to not have to see or deal with it on a regular basis and live life. I don’t want to hear it.’
So I’m just flabbergasted! I’m going back in my mind about what I had said within the last 12 hours since I arrived. At no point did I ever say that I couldn’t deal or handle it or was tired of it, or anything. The only thing I complained about was where I had to sleep…to which she NEVER offered a place to sleep at her apartment…but anyway.
I responded with an ultra PC response that basically said I knew that she needed to get that off her chest and if there was anything else, then say it. I also said I appreciate what she does and that I wish I could be here to lighten the load. Of course the “real me” wanted to rip her a new one for what she said but I understand the pressure. And I’d rather respond that way than to get in a heated argument that would likely spill over to our children because we have been here before and they suffered because our relationship was non-existent.
Honestly, I wanted to put my shit back in the car and drive my ass right back home. I wanted to cry. I was so frustrated because I already feel guilty for not being able to get here as often as I’d like.
This place just doesn’t feel the same. It never will again. It seems with each visit, something or someone shows me that “home” isn’t here.