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Sunday, Jun. 25, 2023 - 5:52 p.m.

Figured we should have lunch with my mother today. For all that it went fine, it also didn’t. She can’t stop her nasty sideways criticisms of people. Anything is fodder. And I don’t think she realizes it’s mean spirited. It’s just what she does. Passes judgment on everyone and refuses to extend any grace or even theoretical understanding of other people’s perspectives. I understand not having immediate access to other people’s perspectives. But she never gives the benefit of the doubt. They’re always the worst.

No more of her for a month. I mean I guess I’ll have to talk on the phone. But still.

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