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Mile High Pixie

Steve, great timing on this repost. I just got an email from my stepmother, with whom I haven't spoken for ten years. She has had health issues that I think are making her reach out, and I know that in the past ten years I've become a different (and hopefully more decent/"better") person. Emailing her back brings up a huge amount of feelings at this time, but I think I may actually be ready to form a new relationship with her. Not one of stepmother/stepchild, but of two adults who share a common loved one. Many blessings on you this season! (And stay warm--did you get any of that northeastern snow?)

Steve Roesler

Hi, MHP,

Pleased to know the timing on this might prove helpful. I think you are onto something with the thought "form a new relationship with her. Not one of stepmother/stepchild, but of two adults who share a common loved one."

That would reframe the relationship and, theoretically, help reframe the dynamic in a way that would change expectations, boundaries, and interaction. The fact that you have thought about it in that much depth shows a level of caring that will be reflected in your words.

Wishing you the best. . .

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