My Mother Is an Enormous Flirt

Of course she will deny it at every turn, but I’ve seen her in action. With co-workers  (or their husbands), with neighbors, men from her congregation… even with my friends!

One of my best friends lives half way across the world. In fact we have only managed to live in the same country for 6 months. Still, he is one of those friends you don’t have to see or speak to very often, you still know they are family.

A few years ago he was coming to visit while in the country to see his parents. I was still a student and lived in my parent’s loft space. When the door rang I shouted down: that’s for me!

But by the time I had descended the two flights of stairs, I saw my mother rushing to the door: Oh, it’s D! I’ll get it!

I realized even then that it was weird that she seemed to have dressed for the occasion.

She opened the door to greet my friend. Offered him a drink. Led him into their living room…

All I could do was follow along. My mother hijacked the conversation, giggled at the top of her voice… this was her private show.

It was awkward, it was rude and it cost me about 2 hours of precious catch-up time with my friend.

I have often wondered about the why of that moment. Was she jealous? Was she so desperate to make the occasion about her? Did she just want the attentions of a young guy? Was she simply out to spite me? Probably a combination of all of those…

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While I may technically be the Director here at SwanWaters, my unofficial title is Healing Cheerleader! I’m a survivor of childhood emotional abuse and workplace bullying. And believe me when I say that I’ve walked the walk when it comes to healing from trauma. I firmly believe that we can undo some of the damage that abuse has done to us, and learn the necessary skills to handle life and all it brings us.

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