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Saturday, Oct. 08, 2022 - 2:36 p.m.

The subdued mood from the social exhaustion (see previous entry) has lasted all day. I was in the casita and came back to the main house to find that mom had come by leaving flowers and a couple bags of candy. E hadn’t realized she was there and M said she said she had wanted to say hi and that she wanted to see us.

Now, again. I’m in a funk today. She didn’t call before she came over. Would I have answered? No. But that’s not the point. I’m relieved to have missed her. I do not have the energy to do what is basically a reprise of yesterday, but with less cussing and discussion of violence. Someone talking and I have to do emotional labor about it and they won’t leave and I can’t tell them to leave until I somehow judge it’s the exact right time and do a certain amount of labor to get them to that point.

But now I have to call and thank her for the flowers I didn’t ask for. Right? Isn’t that the “decent” thing to do?

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