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I am not completely rejected by all my kids, but have strained relationship with four out of
six. Strained because we aren’t completely at ease with each other. My daughter who is my
power of attorney really hurt me recently by saying, what l do is manage your money, give you
what’s left and that’s that. She effectively made me feel like two cents. I didn’t let her know that. That would have given power l wasn’t willing to give. I just reiterated my wants. Another time she picked me up from a Mall after a frustrating day. She spouts off, Don’t talk to me about your day,
love had it and don’t ask me to take you anyplace else but home. She said that in front of her husband and I thought she’d be embarrassed, but she wasn’t. I have not forgotten those incidents. I would not let anyone disrespect me that way period. I took it from her, for some reason.
All we seem to have left, as the rejected party, is our own self-respect. It’s a vicious survival game, where all sorts of nasty game-playing is being enacted. The best we can do is to pray (in whatever fashion that takes) for the well-being of all parties concerned, and seek the company and wisdom of those who will help us and treat us kindly. It isn’t easy, it’s like the widow’s mite in terms of what we would appear to offer. But God (in whatever shape that takes) is closer to us than to those who have plenty. To the lepers, as another parent described himself.