Mother of Manipulation:
Realistic fiction, 96 words.
The bloom edges up above the dry dirt. A splash of color, a dash of hope.
Is it real this time?
Will there be warmth and love? Or a snap back to the cruel climate, to experiences not soon forgotten?
We’ve been here before. She, acting as if nothing ever happened. Sweet, loving, saying the right things. Wanting to make things better. Me, uncertain if such words will ever be genuine. Anticipating the manipulation, the guilt.
The flower peeks out, looking for spring.
It’s a trick. A fluke warm snap.
Mother can be such a bitch.
Though not a memoir, this story is a bit of fiction imitating life. Or life imitating fiction? A family member of mine has borderline personality disorder, and over the years I’ve watched the effects of this illness on their relationships and other people, including family members and myself. Borderline personality disorder is a pervasive and difficult mental illness, one I have noticed is not discussed in the same manner as many other mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders. For more information on BPD, visit the National Institutes of Mental Health.
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