29 December 2010

My sister's masks, her ways of being around other people, require a lot of work. She demands a high degree of attention and playing along. Plus it's emotional, everything is emotional to her. Each time my mother remarks that she finds it exhausting. With me it's different. My sister calls it overreacting, the way she goes for the jugular when I finally say something. Around her I retreat into myself; she interprets interaction as rigidity and selfishness. I think it's called an aristocratic temperament.

2 comments:

Factory Supervisor said...

..or just hard work...

(or like your mother says, exhausting)

wrenna said...

yet charming to relative strangers...