After six years of Parent domination, I have begun to take my life back. Now what? Dad is so angry with me he keeps hanging up on me when I call him.
Here a brief explaination for the last six years. Mom died suddenly and I was the closest relative to take care of Dad. Of course Dad is healthy for 83 and can take care of himself very well, but he tends to get into jobs that require more than one person to complete. We sold the house 30 miles away below market value, bought the land across the street from Dad's ranch. Let Dad foot the bill to build the new house and found ourselves in a Money Mess. Dad is self centered, controlling, egotistical A-H. I tried my best to make him happy but suddenly realized no one nor nothing would ever make this person happy. I saw my husband slowly drifting away and falling into a depression. My job started to suffer from all the distractions of Dad calling and dropping by. I arrived home ussally several hours after work because I always stopped by Dad's and ended up helping him with his many projects and problems. And I was consently being blamed for everything going wrong. Dad is not good at handling money and Mother was always baling him out. When it became apparent we both needed to take care of money matters I decided to take action. I sold the our place across the street paid off all my bills. Bought a nice 3B2B small house 5 miles away. Bought Dad a set of hearing aids and have most of the money to pay him back. I want to go to his bank to deposit the money in his account but everyone tells me I am just enabling him and he will only need more money later and I won't have the funds to help him. This is week two and now Dad won't answer the phone when I call. He keeps hanging up on me everytime I call. My husband won't go tell him to grow up and my brother won't do anything either. He won't talk to me so I can tell him to stop being so hatefully and be thankfull of what he has.
Now What? Do I pay him the money and let him make the effort to contact me and go on with my life or do I take the first step to start back the communication?
He has always been this way. Mother took the blunt of his bullying after us kids left home. He has always been verbally abusive to his family but never to an outsider.
I am going to stand my ground with my new found independence but I don't want him to think I have abandoned him. I just want to be a daughter and not a servant and a punching bag.