Dottie Riley


Dottie Riley
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Apparently, one of my sisters, 'M', came into money. She won a medical malpractice suit and has another pending. I think I am supposed to be jealous but I am not. I just wish that she did not go out of her way to harass my sister, Erika, and try to make her unhappy. She is scheming with her daughter to get Erika fired. Her daughter and Erika work at the same place and it was Erika who got her daughter the job several years ago. Erika is unimpressed with money and has, over the years, resisted 'M's' overtures to reopen their relationship. I understand why. 'M' is utterly toxic! She is the sister who told me that I had no business mourning a son that I allegedly did not want when he was born. Sadly, money hasn't made 'M' any happier or helped her to win friends and influence people.

I don't look forward to going to PA. I hate flying, and I don't know how warmly I will be received. My son still has not said a word to me.

posted on May 13, 2014 5:51 PM ()


I used to think my family was immune to dysfunction of the kind you describe. Then my brother-in-law became controlling and manipulative and tried to impose his views on me. I hope there is a way to be found to protect Erika from being fired. I hope you can repair relations with your son. There should not be this kind of anger in families.
comment by tealstar on May 15, 2014 11:00 AM ()
No, there shouldn't be. The misdeeds of some of my family members is so great that most of it I can't even mention here. I started in therapy as a teenager and resolved to make my life and that of my children different. Maybe that is what they mean by, "I think I am better than they are."
reply by dragonflyby on May 17, 2014 9:33 AM ()
I am going because I loved Margaret and she loved me. She was there for me when my son died. That is reason enough for me.
comment by dragonflyby on May 14, 2014 10:53 AM ()
That woman whose funeral it is probably had some nice friends and relations other than the ones you are related to who will be there. Maybe you will be able to strike up an acquaintance with some one of them, and have a new friend where you have the memory of that nice lady in common.
I hope the flight is as well as can be expected for someone who doesn't like to fly, and you will be glad you went to that funeral. I always enjoy the luncheon afterwards because it is a chance to reconnect with people and avoid the sourpusses. You are wise to not stay with family. Hugs and good luck. Just pretend that Jeri and I are there with you, and take good notes so you can report back.
comment by troutbend on May 14, 2014 9:15 AM ()
What a lovely thought! Yes, if it gets rough, I will close my eyes and picture you beside me. Thank you!
reply by dragonflyby on May 14, 2014 10:52 AM ()
I can't imagine anyone being so cruel as to taunt a grieving mother that way.
I didn't particularly want to have a second child but he has been the light
of my life and his illness is a knife in my heart. It is good of you to
want to go under those difficult circumstances.
comment by elderjane on May 14, 2014 2:31 AM ()
Your reply went into a sep comment up above. I loved Margaret.
reply by dragonflyby on May 17, 2014 9:34 AM ()

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