Not Funny this time...
My mother was 101 when she passed away - but when she was around 80; she began to put her ducks in a row. Oh, she had her Will safely drawn-up years before (down to the teaspoons) but this was just her way of setting things straight on the home front.
One day, she tells me she'd like a woman friend from her senior group who happened to be a retired psychologist to mediate our family's dirty linen in a casual setting - pro bono.
"You & me first", she said.
The fact that my older sister & I were not close was her nagging Achilles heel; leaving a black mark on her Mothering - so what could it hurt?
And, since I was always a supportive & loving 2nd daughter & middle child to boot; I agreed to meet without any discussion - yet never revealing my long held belief of the real cause.
That didn't mean this meet-up was a walk in the park; in fact, it was torturous for me.
I remember walking into a private entrance to a basement level room of a home this woman shared with her grown daughter's family; then sat on the couch while the woman sat in a straight-back chair in front of us - eyes widened & all business.
As I recall; I stood up for myself, but took plenty of hits. This left me physically spent & unhappier than I had been since I could remember. Not because I felt guilty; but that I took my lumps to appease my mother & satisfy this aging mental health professional just to get out of there.
In the short amount of time we had; I remember being frustrated that her questions could never cover the length & breadth of my difficulties with my older sister that left us un-bonded & dysfunctional.
Relieved it was over & hoping never to return; my mother & I walked out of that stranger's home no better & much worse than we had begun. Yet somehow I believe my Mother was pumped that there was a breakthrough.
Late that night & out of the blue; I get a phone call from this woman's grown daughter - apologizing.
Taken-aback; I was shocked to hear that this retired Psychologist had Dementia & her daughter was effusively repentant on her mother's behalf.
All that angst & emotional whiplash for naught; just because my mother took it upon herself to believe that someone on the outside could fix our inside - for free.
This personal story triggered the notion that Ivanka Trump, her brothers & sister Tiffany could do that same thing for America & the world & make that call.
It's simple, kids - pick one: Loyalty to your father, your business or your country?
BTW, turning a blind eye is not loyalty; it's cowardice. Or is it just Business?
And, don't wait for him to turn himself in - those afflicted do not acknowledge they have a problem.
Trump may not have Dementia; but he has far worse. Today, the words - Paranoia & Narcissism get tossed around so commonly; they are simply excused - partly because we can't pronounce it!
And, how come if you've had it for a long time..."Walking Narcissism" - it doesn't count?
He may not be crazy or nuts - but merely a high functioning businessman just like an alcoholic; who made a couple bucks & learned how to borrow from Peter to pay Paul.
But, Trump doesn't get it - to be President; you need to have diplomacy & patience, finesse & nuance & wait for it... humility - not just be a great Salesman with a case of Insomnia & 2 un-arthritic thumbs!
And, as citizens - we don't ask for much - we want to believe our President; not question his honesty in both good times & bad.
But, when it comes to ending the world as we know it; an "Intervention/Pre-Kidnap" seems to be in order.
Just sayin' - but I know some down & out Space Aliens that wouldn't mind making a few bucks! Mileage is extra, of course.
As we're now seeing Trump act on his campaign promises in the guise of "Change"; you have to be blind to see that his paranoia against "the opposition" has driven him to make rash decisions creating confusion.
I don't care how you slice it; calling his Travel Ban a success is spin & arrogance & he didn't think anyone would notice?
With a low approval rating; I foresee continued chaos with every new directive - no matter how many Presidential Order Signing Photo Ops his hot-shot dream team lined up till 2024.
My suggestion for the next one would be "Speed Bumps for Executive Orders".
And, since narcissism fuels paranoia; I see a merry-go-round of unattainable Actions & Pronouncements he'll continue to throw against the wall to see if anything sticks & then deftly distract with a vendetta against enemies for concentrating on the wrong stuff.
I say..."If you see something, say something"!
And, I am.
Unless he's held accountable & kicked to the curb; Donald Trump's pathological lying & un-certifiable Mental Disorders will just continue & be studied someday in a Specimen Jar - but of course, it has to be biggggg!
Hope you don't mind me bending your ear...