Little by little, things are coming out and the whole truth will be revealed during this trip. I have an appointment to meet with her doctor on Monday. I believe this will be the last Christmas I spend as a daughter and know I have to be strong for her while I'm there. I have been standing up for myself more with my mother lately, and not letting her get away with her usual bending of the truth when it comes to my behaviour. I told her that I have shown her nothing but respect through this entire time and that I expect nothing less than that from her. She did admit that I have been a powerful support to her.
After we each said our piece, she said something that made me cry: "We're still friends, aren't we?" I said, yes, always. I hope I'm more than just her friend but I'd settle for that, yes. I'd like that actually.
Wishing everyone a happy festive season. No matter where our faith lies, we can all celebrate this time of joining together and appreciating each other.