I love my Dad dearly and we've always been close - until now. He is a quiet, gentle man, but he has slowly taken over my life. I care for him, my Mother and my husband and although I do well most of the time, sometimes I just "let it out" and this evening was one of those times. I had to leave town for a few hours today to help my brother. Before leaving, I made sure they were fed and comfortable and called to check on them after a couple of hours. As soon as my brother finished his errands I came home to learn that I was "gone for 5 1/2 hours" and Dad wanted to know exactly where we had been. So.... I told him. He balked at what I said and implied that I was lying. I promptly left the room and lost my temper.
Now I'm sick of heart and ashamed of my lack of control. Did I overreact? Am I being abusive? Is it just me? I hate myself when this happens and I hate what is happening to our relationship. Dad is terribly upset with me and I fear what this is doing to both of us.