Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Well I Never Thought I'd Be Saying This Part Two...or, Thank You, Joan

Just like the title indicated I never in my life thought I would be saying (read: writing) what I am about to. I'm pretty thankful that I grew up in the insanity that is my mother, Joan. I'm glad that she flew off the handle like a drag queen that's just had her wig ripped off about everything. I'm glad that when there was a little issue, she dug down to make not a mountain out of a mole hill, but more like a universe out of a piece of sand. Joan would flip out over anything to anybody at anytime, and although horribly embarrassing, wrong, and dysfunctional, I'm now at a point in my life that I'm a little bit thankful.

See, today I was flipped out on, much in the same manner I had been everyday of my young life living with Joan, and I handled it with such grace and poise that it was almost like the woman flipping out was making a rational thought. I didn't try to do it; it just came naturally: the shields went up, I remained calm, praised her for her insight, thanked her for her criticism, and defended her insane accusations without ever admitting fault or making her feel like she gained the edge.

See, most adults don't know how to handle shit like that. I do. There is no trial and error when dealing with over-protective nitwits who live in their own world of self-importance and over-inflated egos. I know this. I've had YEARS of DAILY tries to know what works and what doesn't. I've had YEARS OF WEEKLY therapy to help me realize that this is a skill, and today I wielded it like a master.

So, thank you Joan.


"Lady" Bea said...

You are an awesome, awesome lady. I'm proud to be your friend. Even if you are a gigantic bitch sometimes!

Oh, the skills our dysfunctional parents fostered in us...(I only have one dysfunctional parent. My mother is quite functional. And I'm not just saying that because she reads the blog. Heh.)

Volstaag said...

"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances."
~Thonas Jefferson~

This is one of my favorite bits of wisdom and I try to live by it always. You would have made Thomas proud.

Sorsha Ni said...

I agree that the experiences of our youth often turn us into experts of certain types of crazies later in life! For example, I handle Borderline/Bipolar women and angry, condesending men very well. We all have our strengths. Bully for you Mame! Bravo!