I just got short with my mom. She’s lonely because my stepdad took my grandpa to church this morning. I went out to go find some coffee and she was essentially right on top of me saying, “please talk to me.”
I don’t have anything to talk about. Small talk is painful today.
I don’t want to chit chat. I am anxious and uptight and I really just want a bubble around me.
I can’t communicate that to her without her getting upset or feeling offended and me trying to force myself into a conversation for her benefit will likely not go well. I know when I shouldn’t be doing that and when we are likely to get into an argument. She doesn’t understand that though.
Ugh. Setting boundaries is sometimes impossible.