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My mother is an expert in the guilt-trip. Last week she phoned to say "Happy Birthday" and, after a 10 minute conversation, finished with, "Well, I hope you have a nicer time than I did on the day you were born."

She also stated that she was going to kill herself when she reached 65. On Christmas Day morning. Having rung up to see if there was anything she could bring for lunch.

I think it's just a mother thing, but how good are your relatives and friends at the passive-aggessive?

(, Thu 13 Oct 2005, 9:52)
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At Christmas
my wife and I receive the same old crap about how we should be spending time with the family (my in-laws) and how we should put all the differences behind us, blah blah blah. A couple of years ago we had various family members cry down the phone to my wife and then she was told by the mother in law how our behaviour had even made her father cry. We realised this was clearly emotional blackmail and didn't act on it. Seeing how this didn't work we were ordered to drop everything and make sure we turned up within the next 30 mins. That didn't work either. I hate families.
(, Wed 19 Oct 2005, 10:09, closed)

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