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Weakley: Prioritize

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Weakley: Prioritize

Leslie Weakley, Contributing Writer

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One thing. That’s what I want, even need. I want my mom to try harder to have a relationship with me. Just try, because it doesn’t seem like she does at all. She’s a single mom, an easy going mom, not even a mom really; more like a friend, roommate, a pal. She has a car and a job, that’s how she visits her husband in prison. She drives four hours away, spends around $80 a visit but won’t drive 20 minutes, simply a town over, to come see me to try and work on our relationship in counseling. The counseling is free and paid for.

I know why she doesn’t come see me though. She’s oblivious to her mistakes. She is terrified that people will judge her and think she is weak if she admits what she’s done wrong. Her giving me any moment of her time is unthinkable

It doesn’t matter that her only child could go any day. Just gone. Vanish in mid breath. One thing I can depend on is my God. That’s what keeps a smile on my face.
I know one day she’ll see what’s more important in life; what she needs to set her priorities on. One day things will get better. Until then my heart is patient, my words are kind, and my thoughts are slurred.

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