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My Mother is Driving Me Crazy

Published by TANYUJIE | Monday, October 29, 2012 12:19 AM


What can I say? I think the title speaks for itself. In addition to my caregiving duties I have just recently returned from 2 and a half years of living in China. I have spent a total of 15 years in that country. So I'm dealing with reverse culture shock as well as the stress of having to care for my Dad. Hence the poem.


"Just because this is a compost container doesn't mean you don't have to clean it!"
My mother is driving me crazy.
"Prep Dad before you eat!"
My mother is driving me crazy.
"When you spoonfeed Dad you are creating an invalid!"
My mother is driving me crazy.
"When it gets dark go around the house and pull all the curtains closed!"
My mother is driving me crazy.
"I already have my MBA in caregiving! I don't need to go to a support group!"
My mother is driving me crazy.
"Put the straw in the cup like this!"
My mother is driving me crazy.
"Turn left! No, turn right! Just back out! You drive like an old lady!"
My mother is driving me crazy.
To our hired help: "I hope Jada returns before you leave!"
My mother is driving me crazy.
"We put the catheder on so Dad doesn't have to gt up at night. Yet he pulls it off and makes a mess! Stupid!"
My mother is driving me crazy.
"Hui! Paul! Are you sleeping? Are you weak?"
My mother is driving me crazy.
"Jada! Give your father a bath! He smells like she she!"
My mother is driving me crazy.
"Paul! Open your mouth and cough! Move closer to the table!"
My mother is driving me crazy.
"Use the trash can to clean the table!"
My mother is driving me crazy.
"Clean out the food from the filter in the kitchen sink! Otherwise we're gonna have a trail of ants!"
My mother is driving me crazy.
I showed you where I put the receipt!"
My mother is driving me crazy.
"Go get the newspaper!"
My mother is driving me crazy.
"You think it's funny?!"
I'm sorry. Am I driving you crazy?



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