writing to you under the influence of a little alcohol (as
Iím not sure Iíd have the courage to write to you about this
sober). Iíve got an awkward (understatement) situation.
My mother left her e-mail logged in on my computer, and I
decided to be an asshole and snoop out of boredom. I honestly
wasnít expecting anything, but I found a few intimate e-mails
between her and a strange man that pretty much confirmed that
she was cheating on my dad.
My parents have been married for almost three decades, and
itís kind of an understatement to say heís an antisocial psycho.
He restricted her from so many things during their marriageópartly
for religious/cultural reasonsóand honestly did not appreciate
what he had. Heís been a physical wreck for most of their
marriage and has no personality to compensate. (I could go
on about how abusive and fucked-up his personality was during
my childhood, but thatís a whole other issue.) My mother,
on the other hand, is one of the nicest and most caring people
you could ever meet. Sheís also ďhotĒóa lot of my friends
(male and female) have pointed that out to me, as awkward
as that is.
OK: Dadís an abusive asshole and borderline psycho, and Momís
a beautiful woman with a lot of opportunities and social skills.
The only reason she didnít leave him was to keep the family
together and for those same stupid cultural reasons. But itís
hard knowing my mom is a CPOS. Itís killing my older brother,
who is close to her, and itís making him really depressed.
He feels betrayed, because for years heís defended her against
my father when he accuses her of cheating and calls her a
whore. So what I want advice on is how the hell to confront
her about it. I know I snooped in her e-mail, and I know that
was wrong. So what the hell to say?
what you say to your mother: ďGood for you, Mom.Ē
But youíre going to say it under your breath, MOM, audible
but not quite loud enough for your mother to hear. Because
youíre not going to confront her about this affair or any
other affair that you might uncover between now and your fatherís
death and youíre not going to tell your mom you snooped
and you and your brother are going to go right on defending
your mother to your father and youíre going to show
a little respectóa little retroactive respectófor your motherís
privacy by pretending that you donít know what you do know.
Is that clear?
Your mom sounds like a lovely woman, MOM, and you and your
brother should be happy that she managed to find a little
solace, a little love and tenderness, in the arms of a man
who isnít an raving asshole. She deserves that, doesnít she?
As for the CPOS label, that gets slapped only on people who
cheat without cause, MOM, and it sure sounds like your mom
had cause. Which means sheís not a cheating piece of shit.
Sheís cheating on a piece of shit.
Yes, yes: Maybe your mom shouldíve divorced your father, or
had him murdered, but for reasons that will only ever be known
to her, MOM, she decided that keeping her family intactómaybe
for cultural reasons, maybe for her boysówas more important
than remaining faithful to an antisocial psycho. Itís easy
to say that cheating is always wrong and to call everyone
who cheats a POS, but sometimes an affair is the least worst
As for your brotherís feelings of betrayal: Maybe your dad
was right and your mom was cheating on him throughout their
marriage and his tirades were justified and your brother was
a fool to defend your mother. Or maybe your mom decided, after
being accused of cheating again and again, and after being
called a whore again and again, that if she was going to be
accused, indicted, and tried for that particular crime, she
might as well have the pleasure of committing it. Encourage
your brother to give your mother the benefit of the doubt.
It sounds like she deserves it.
a 28-year-old gay man. My only sibling is getting married
next year, and Iím invited. My family doesnít support my gayness.
My mom has met my boyfriend only once and refused to be in
his presence for more than two minutes. Should I bring my
boyfriend to my sisterís wedding or ask him to stay home?
My invitation came with only my name on it.
Of The Bride
say: ďHey, Sis. Looking forward to the wedding. Iíve been
seeing a great guy for two years now, as you know, and Iím
planning on bringing him to the wedding.Ē
If she says, ďDonít bring him. Itíll just piss off Mom,Ē then
you say, ďIím coming with my boyfriend or Iím not coming at
allóand remember, Sis, one day Mom will be dead and itís just
going to be you and me. So in the long run, you should be
more concerned about pissing me off than pissing Mom off.Ē
And if she says, ďDonít bring him. I donít want your gay boyfriend
at my wedding,Ē then you say, ďIf you donít want gays at your
wedding, Sis, then you shouldnít have invited me. I want to
be thereóbut if I come, Iím bringing my boyfriend.Ē
Have the confrontation now, BOTB, so that you canít be accused
of trying to make trouble/drama right before your sisterís
wedding. But you need to seize this opportunity to dictate
terms to your family: They can have their homophobia or they
can have you in their livesóbut they canít have both.
year, around this time, you promised to share your momís Christmas
cookie recipe with the readers of your blog. I would love
to try it out if youíre OK with sharing the recipe.
delighted to share my momís Christmas cookie recipe. She made
these chocolate snowballs every year when her kids were young.
Once her kids were grown, Ma Savage shipped tins of these
cookies to us if we couldnít make it home for Christmas. Now
I make them in December and ship tins off to my siblings on
I made some earlier this month, had a little sob (Iím still
missing my mom), and got some tins off to my sibs. Iím happy
to share my momís recipe with you, Jason, and with Savage
Savageís Christmas Snowballs
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups pecans
Sift flour, salt, and cocoa together. Cream butter and sugar
until fluffy, and add vanilla. Gradually beat dry ingredients
into butter and sugar. Blend in pecans. Form dough into a
loaf, wrap it up, put in fridge overnight.
Cut loaf into inch-thick slices, cut slices into inch-square
cubes, roll cubes into balls about one inch in diameter. Bake
on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 20 minutes maximum.
Transfer cookies off sheets right away and allow to cool completely.
Put cookies in tub or tin, sift confectionersí sugar over
cookies, put lid on, turn tin or tub over a few times to coat
cookies with confectionersí sugar.
Enjoy my momís cookies and have a merry Christmas and a happy
New Year, everyone.
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