A member of my family announced a breakup between them and me. I resisted it for seven years, but found I was just being taken advantage of. Then, I just said, OK, if that’s the way you want it, you’ve got it.
This other person has an identifiable mental problem and treats the closest associates with sadistic sarcasm – just like me.
Maybe the “serenity prayer” about accepting the things you cannot change is really not good advice. It led me to just say, I can’t change it, so I accept it, good bye.
The other person has a history of breaking off relationships like this. What makes matter worse, there are other people in the family who did the same thing, who thus became the role model for this person.
One such person was my father’s sister who converted to Jehovah Witness. Now, I guess they are told to sever even family relationships if necessary, and she did – even from her own JW family (go figure that one).
There have been other members of the family who have electively just moved away across the country, hundreds and thousands of miles apart from their family. So, years later, I feel I am just a victim of such a pernicious social problem in the family. My aunt, who is a Protestant evangelical, could not reconcile with her sister, the JW.
Oh, well, then there’s most of my mom’s family that estranged themselves from her, over the control of their mother’s (next-to-nothing) estate. I tried to get a reconciliation with my holy-joe Eucharistic minister uncle and my mother, but no dice.
BTW, when the family estrangement occurred, most of the siblings suddenly got religion and they all become Eucharistic ministers. Figure that out.
Suuuuuuurrrrreee. Welcome to my world.