My helpful (dysfunctional) mom (from the perspective of an optimist).
I live with and take care of my 91 year old grandmother. Luckily, my mom recently started coming to help with (interfere with) the way I care for her and run the house. In fact, she is here right now. She is so smart, she doesn't even need to (care to) ask me what she can do to help. She just (thinks she) knows. Last time she came, she reorganized my kitchen (rearranged it I cannot find anything) and cleared off the counters (got rid of things I use often) to make room for things I REALLY need. (things she thinks I need). She found other important jobs that I didn't even realize were a top priority and generously did them even though I asked her not to. She made many helpful suggestions (gave orders) on how I should do things from now on.(how she expects me to do things in her absence) She spent a lot of time talking to me (interrogating me) about a variety of topics. (Every single aspect of our lives have been scrutinized). I am enjoying the attention. (I feel like I am on the spot every second). The house looks so nice (I am exhausted from trying to keep things up to her standards).I am grateful (annoyed) she came here (hopped on her broom and flew in) to help me out by fixing everything the right way (her way).
Nana keeps asking me "Is she going home soon?", probably because she is enjoying the visit so much she never wants it to end. I feel the same way as Nana. It looks as though she is planning on staying over another night, but I am not sure because she doesn't tell me (warn me) when she is coming or how long she is staying, preferring instead to surprise me, the dear! . (I only very recently got her to agree to call first). How will I manage (celebrate) when she leaves? I guess I will just hang in there (relax and be myself) and look forward to (try not to think about) her next visit.