My family is a small one. I am an only child-daughter- and have two grown sons. We have always lived nearby my parents and our lives have been intertwined until recently.
About 5 months ago, my elderly mother decided to take down all of our family photos in her home. She replaced them with generic store bought pictures and told us she was "staging her home for when it would be sold"- however, it is NOT for sale. She has also gathered up all the personalized gifts, cards, etc. made by each of us for them (as children), put these handmade treasures with the pictures and returned them to each of us. There was little explanation offered except that she "thought we'd like to have these things back." Needless to say, we are hurt by this and aren't sure how to react to it all. Now she has begun to complain that we aren't involved with them (she and my dad- who has NO opinion about it all) anymore.
My sons are both married now and have lived about 3 hours away for years. I am still nearby but rarely get a warm welcome anymore whenever I call or visit. We can't seem to figure out what has happened and she refuses to see that there is a problem. We are baffled by this whole thing. Any advice or incite???