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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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Ah,my sister-in-law,the chav.
Not content with depriving my husband of a happy childhood,she's done all she can to take every ounce of parental attention away from him now that he's an adult,too.

Does she whine,cry or throw fits? Oh,no. Much better. . .

. . .she has babies!
Single,no degree and on the dole,she has 'em because (and I quote,honestly) 'The government will pay for them',and nothing appeals to parents quite like grandchildren,apparently.

When my husband got his degree,she spent the entire party talking loudly about her pregnancy and sulking visibly whenever anyone tried to offer my husband congratulations,never mind that she'd had *two* baby showers of her own.

When we got engaged,I bet him that his sister would be pregnant before the wedding and that she'd do it in time to show by the wedding date.
Guess who won that bet?
Oh,how furious she was during the reception when all the massed relatives didn't spend every second fawning over her ability to reproduce!

Never mind that she doesn't actually like being a parent;babies get her lots and lots of attention and besides,Mummy will watch them whenever she wants to go out and party with her little druggie friends.

We're currently buying a house. I have a fiver that says she'll be knocked up again by Christmas.
(, Fri 14 Oct 2005, 19:03, Reply)

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