Last night my older sister’s friend Sandra came into town for business, so my sister, mother, and I decided to happy hour with her. My mother and I arrive at the restaurant together and find the rest of our party at the bar. After warmly greeting Sandra with hugs and comments like “You look good girl”, we were introduced to her coworker who came with her. Her coworker was a very nice and sociable woman. Today if I was offered a billion dollars to tell you her name, I would regretfully have to decline the proposition because I really don’t have a clue.
So after 20 minutes of being there, my sister mentions my blog. I had called her 30 minutes after putting my first post the other day and politely demanded her to give me feedback. She likes it. Anyways my mother, who is quite the character, quickly contributed to the conversation saying, “YOU BETTER NOT TALK ABOUT ME!!” As if I had concocted some conspiracy to talk shit about her online. She expressed how she isn’t a fan of the idea of having internet strangers know intimate details about my life. She then proceeded to have a whole conversation about how strangers shouldn’t know your business and how blogs can potentially ruin your career.
Trying my best to end the conversation, I tell her that I in fact didn’t tell any internet strangers about her, but instead wrote about my ex bf and ex bff. My mom then disapprovingly said, “What?!” and began to discuss my breakup with the rest of the ladies at the table. Next, Mother provided unsolicited feedback about what I did wrong and how I could improve things. She totally thinks I alone added all of the drama to the breakup and that Ex Boyfriend could never possibly do any wrong. While there is nothing more in the world that I like to do than talk to my parents about my love life, I needed this convo to stop. Remembering that WE HAD JUST MET SANDRA’S NO NAME COWORKER 20 minutes ago, I had wondered why is my mother discussing my still touchy subject of my breakup with her?
So I brought to Mother’s attention how hypocritical it is for her to be talking about Ex Boyfriend with No Name, but not approve of me anonymously blogging. She then replied, “ No Name isn’t a stranger, I am talking to her in person right now!”
Morals of the Story:
- While parents find it unacceptable for their children to talk to strangers, they love to engage in the activity.
- Whenever somebody tells you not to blog about them, the universe naturally provides you with material to write about.
What my readers look like according to Mother