My mom is an abusive, manipulative, controlling, gambling addict and for a while, I stopped talking to her because of that, but not talking to her meant that I wasn't able to talk to my sister. My sister is eight and lives with my mom, and because of everything I went through when I was growing up with my mother, I worry about her a lot.
Anyway, I started talking my mom on the phone, basically, on a daily basis last month because it was close to the holidays and I knew she was having some problems. She works as a school bus driver for minimum wage and the owner of the bus company had cut her hours in half, so naturally she was looking for a new job or even a second job. I don't really know why I was talking to her, honestly, except that I thought it would help, but everything was going fine until one day she said she was going to come visit DH and I here in FL in March. She didn't ask if she could come visit. She just sort of announced it.
I didn't really know what to say, so I just sort of said it fine. I spoke to DH about it later and he said it was fine as long as my mother behaved and it didn't interfere with the plans we have in March. The plans we have/had are to go to a convention because we're both huge nerds and we're hoping to see Stan Lee and Jason David Frank. We've been hoping to go to this convention for three years, but haven't had the money to go and this year is the first year we're actually going to be able to go, so we were really looking forward to it.
The week right before Christmas, however, I was talking to my mother and things kind of started to get weird. Before she had planning to come visit us using her tax return money to pay for the airfare, but when I talked to her, she said that I was going to pay for half of the tickets and my brother who's in the army, stationed in Korea, was going to pay for the rest of it. Again, she didn't ask. She just said it, like that was the plan and I wasn't allowed to argue.
I'm not going to lie. I sort of expected something like this to happen. Because of the reasons I stated above, my mother has a long history of sort of conning money out of people and she usually ends up using it to gamble via lottery tickets or slot machines or whatever. And people always give it to her because they feel sorry for her because she gets Foodstamps and my sister gets Medicaid. I learned as a child never to give her money and when I didn't, she'd steal from me, sell my things, or get it from my brother or one of the neighbors. My DH knows about all of this and when I told him about the new plans with my mom, he flipped out. We don't really have the money to pay for the airfare. We barely have enough money to go to the convention we wanted to go to, but at the same time, I haven't seen my sister in three years and I can't interact with her directly because my mom goes through the mail and would probably destroy my letters to my sister if I said something questionable about her, and they can't afford internet service, so I can't even send my sister Emails or anything of that nature.
My DH eventually agreed that we would try to help my mom, so I would be able to see my sister again, but then things started to get weird. A few days before Christmas, I was talking to my sister on the phone and she started asking me all these questions about my apartment. She asked me how big the bathroom and the kitchen were and if we had any spare bedrooms and what the neighbors were like. It sounded like she was being coached by my mother, honestly, and after a while my sister said my mother had told her, they were going to come live with us while she looked for an apartment and a job. Um, WHAT?!
That was not a part of the plan and honestly, I don't want my mother to move anywhere near us. One of the reasons, I agreed to move to FL with DH was so I could get away from her. Aside from the stealing money and selling my things, she insults me every time I speak to her on the phone. Even on holidays and I'm pretty sure she just wants to move near us because she thinks my DH will give her money, which, honestly, he just might. DH is kind of a people pleaser and likes to avoid confrontation, so even though he knows what my mother is like, I could totally see her being able to get money from him even if she had to go behind my back to get it.
A few days ago, my mother admitted she was planning on trying to move down here. She said she was going to come to stay with us for a few weeks and look for a job and a apartment. She expects my DH to help her, which he will because he knows I want to be closer to my sister, but I don't want to be anywhere near my mother and I don't what to do. I have a really hard time talking to people because I have social anxiety. Any social interaction that makes me think people are going to judge me, like making this post for example, pretty much terrifies me. It was a lot worse when I was a kid. I used to burst into tears when the cashier at McDonald's asked what kind of happy meal I wanted, but now I've pretty much learned or convinced myself or whatever, that it's best if I don't post online too much or talk to people in forums or anything because they don't want to hear what I have to say.
Honestly, I don't want to tell my mom that I don't want her to move here. I want to cut her out of my life completely because I know I don't have a good relationship with her and probably never will, but I still want to be able to talk with my sister. I don't know what to do. A small part of me thinks that maybe when I start going to see a psychiatrist later this month for bi-polar disorder (they don't know about the social anxiety yet), I can learn to overcome these feelings and learn to interact with my mother, so I can still talk to my sister. But I don't want to. I tried being nice and this is where it has gotten me.
I'm sorry this post is so long. I just wasn't sure of what else to do. I don't have friends or close family I can talk to. My brother in Korea hasn't called me in three years and even as kids, we weren't that close. I don't talk to my dad because we don't get along and I don't particularly like my in-laws and even if I did, they have their own problems to deal with. So what would you do in this situation?
Thanks in advance.
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