I feel that life is passing me by.
I don't mean to complain, but I just want to vent for a minute! Of three sisters, I live the closest to Mom, who seems to want me around a great deal more than I want to be or am used to. My Mom and I (88 nad 65 respectively) used to be close and have fun together. Now that Dad is gone, however, she has become very dependent, needy, and demanding. She makes fun of the fact that I have friends and go out to socialize and meet new people. I am a widow and would like to put some zest and love back into my life. I could do without the constant negative feedback from Mom! Aside from just ignoring what she says, is there a good thing to say to indicate that my needs are different from hers? I know that I am not alone in this predicament by a long shot, but I sure could use a pep talk. I find that if I do things for and by myself that my patience with Mom greatly increases. All ideas are appreciated!