Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Yes, keep the peace by being peaceful. When a person is seriously ill, all bets are off. However cantankerous or pig headed that woman may or may not be, her husband is so sick that you have to come and stay with them. Isn't that enough to just let everything else go? Get a grip.
When I was a little girl we spent Sunday's with my cousins. They were a big unruly family. We were a small quiet family. We kept our toys nice. They hardly had any toys and the ones they had were cheap and torn up and rather uninteresting. We ran around outside and ate food I didn't care for very much. I ran too close to a rose bush and was raked across the forehead with a thorny branch. One of the boys laughed at me.
So every Sunday I whined about going there. One Sunday I believe my mother had had enough of my whining.
Me: Ugh to we have to go there! I hate going there!
Mom: Did it ever occur to you that right now as we speak they are all saying, "Ugh. Do they have to come here? We hate it when they come here!" ?
It had not occurred to me. (I feel compelled to add that every week, after all that complaining, I always whined when it was time to go home as I was immersed in fun.)
Has it occurred to you the your cousin's wife is not looking forward to having to deal with not only a seriously ill husband and all that stress and worry and pain and expense, but relatives who will stink after 3 days (as the saying goes) moving in for extensive stays? She can be grateful and horrified at the same time, you know.
Here is my advice, which I actually lifted from some lady whose name I cannot recall. She was some sort of "life coach" who was yammering on TV. She was talking to a client who had to face her mean old sister and was dreading the encounter. "See her wrapped in bandages, " the life coach said.
What a wise thought! See her the way she really is, in pain and worried sick and trying to cope as best she can. Wrapped in bandages.
You're the healthy one here. Your job is to be nothing but loving, no matter what.
I hope you make good soup.