I speak to my mother every day. She has big problems, all self-inflicted. I don’t like speaking to her at all yet I must. Did you or do you ever have this problem?
Dear Mom Beat,
Are you Italian? Sounds like it. Those Italian moms are famous for pushing that guilt button long and hard. I left home at 17, much to my mother’s relief I think. We would write each other once a week. Saw each other maybe twice a year.
I think you are doing the right thing. Just be patient. Call her so she can’t complain about that. And maybe hang the phone on your shoulder and read while she talks, saying “uh huh” and “is that so?” Occasionally. That’s plenty.