Well, you have to give Annabel credit, she’s playing along with Devon’s avoidance with aplomb. It looks like Devon is trying to decide how to continue: an outburst of truthful anger or a worried admission. I think she has a tough road ahead, no matter how the situation plays out, but I hope she remembers that we can only do the best we can do. Keeping my fingers crossed that things eventually get resolved without a “divorce” between parents and daughter.
i don’t know . . . i think it looks like Devon has incurable cold feet and Annabel is getting ready to thank them for a lovely evening but she’s going to leave them to their family time while she goes to look for her girlfriend.
Maybe so, I just read Devon’s mood as more pensive and Annabel’s as her usual friendly manner. Only Eric really knows how this will play out, but I’m hoping Annabel’s positive energy will help influence Devon for the better, whatever her decision turns out to be, and improves the receptiveness of her parents.
I’ve met people like Annabel before, beacons of positive emotion and attitude, who can turn normally reserved, guarded or even opposing personalities into smiling and more positive perspective people, at least while that person is around. It’s a small wonder to behold and I think all of us have the potential to be more like Annabel type people, but it’s more of an uphill battle for some of us due to life circumstances. It’s a worthy goal though, because life is certainly more enjoyable if we all try to be good to ourselves and one another. 🙂
As I am going thru depression episode, this post amused me 🙂 Only occasions of me being positive were when I had influenza 🙂
Idunno; one dear friend cut off all relations between herself and her rabidly-conservative parents when they got carried away with fulminating. Best thing she could have done, as it happens.
I know I am social idiot, but my reading of Devon is, she is boiling and overpressured inside. Which inevitably end in explosion. Like Chernobyl 🙂
I understand, Gorbi, I really do, which is one reason I try to remind myself that we really can shape our attitudes by changing our perspective and trying to focus on the positive instead of the negative. I’ve been struggling myself lately, but nothing like I did in my early 20s when I spent a year trying to convince myself that the only release was a permanent decision. It’s hard to focus on the good when we’re surrounded by turmoil and negative emotions, but we have to try to be an island unto ourselves when it comes to our perspective on life and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Like a favorite unattributed quote I came across awhile ago says, “On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far, is 100% and that’s pretty good.”
Oops, this was supposed to be a reply to your reply to me. 😛
I’d love to play this to Devon’s parents. Especially that Finnish chorus might have interesting effect 🙂 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=btsgCgdhZaw
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Either Annabel is in a much better mood than Devon, or she’s a much better actress.
Or both 🙂
Well, she isn’t as thoroughly invested in that family as is Devon, or for as long. Some distance lends a soupcon of tolerance for such ignorant maltreatment.
When family and/or friends become rabidly intolerant, dismissive of your ideas and opinions, differ greatly with your political views, lifestyle or attitudes toward life, it’s better to cut them loose and move on. I have done so in the past and have been the better for it. Devon needs to disengage from her parents and have a happy life with Annabel.
Given the huge psychological divide between them, Devon and her parents seem to be getting along quite well…so far.
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