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This is a question The passive-aggressive guilt trip

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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Long story very short, I'm not overly close to my parents. And this is one reason why.

My mother (And father) Always call when they need the lawn mowed. No other reason what so ever...

As soon as I pick it up and know it's them, I know there's a lawn that they want mowed. Every single time. BUT.. (And this is a good one.)

They NEVER come out and say "Will you mow the lawn." They say "You know, the lawn is getting a little long." Or "You know, nobody's mowed the lawn in a while."

I just want them to be honest and not pretend that they're interested in anything but having the law mowed, is that too much to ask?

*sighs* At least I get paid a little for it.
(, Thu 13 Oct 2005, 18:00, Reply)

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