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| Related | June 8, 2016

(My boyfriend is visiting my family with me, and we go to visit my very infirm grandmother. She cannot see or hear very well, and is confined to wheelchair. She was always a difficult person, but her declining health has only exacerbated this. My dad, her son, has a very dry sense of humor, and a very, erm, unique way of coping with her.)

Grandmother: “I don’t understand why I can’t just go home.”

Dad: *having to yell to be understood* “Ma, I took you home once. You couldn’t get in the door. You can’t live on your own.”

Grandmother: “Oh, that was just a bad day! Besides, [Aunt] will take care of me!”

Dad: *still yelling so she can hear* “Ma, [Aunt] can’t be there 24/7…”

Grandmother: “I just don’t understand why everyone is so mean to me!”

Dad: *in a normal speaking voice* “It’s because you’re such a b****.”

(My boyfriend gave me a somewhat horrified look, but my grandmother didn’t hear a word of that response. My dad made several more such comments while we were there, every one perfectly understandable to everyone but his mother!)

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