mow woods

****WARNING****
THE FOLLOWING ENTRY IS LADEN WITH MELANCHOLY. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

It's pretty gloomy outside. For some reason, though, I was happy about it when I walked out the door this morning. The warm dampness hit my skin and I smiled. But now I am in my office where this is no weather. It's always 60 degrees and fluorescent in this place.

My mom called me last night to tell me she has a spot of melanoma on her back that she has to get removed. It's not a huge deal as long as she acts on it fast. And she's had cysts before. It's all because she's been living in sunny places for 30 years. She's a walking advertisement for sunscreen. Makes me very glad I live in a place where you don't see the sun that often.
She also told me about how she had to kick out her new roommate because the lady was starting to mooch. I worry about my mom because, since the divorce, she has been letting people take advantage of her in this way, letting them stay with her and eat her food and make demands. She has no leech radar and doesn't get rid of people until they've been sucking her dry for a while. My mom's lack of self-sufficiency has become the #1 reason why I don't want to get married. She was married to my dad for 30 years and she completely forgot how to be on her own. As a result, she makes poor decisions. I had to tell her that for a while, she need to stop trusting people outside her immediate family and learn to say no to people who ask her for favors. Hopefully, this will help her. She will have to get a job soon and she's terrified. She hasn't worked since I was a small child. I never ever EVER want to find myself in such a situation. Obviously, times are different, married women, even stay at home moms, are a lot more independent than they used to be. But it still worries me. Sometimes you don't know you're complacent until it's too late to do anything about it.

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