My mother does this really annoying thing, where she refers to Porgie and Izzy as "our" children. For example, she wrote me an email that said, "Our baby boy is growing up so fast." I don't know why this bothers me, but it does. It is like she is laying too much claim to him. She has only seen Izzy three times since he was born. He is not "our" baby. He is MY baby.
She also likes to pretend that the kids look like her, which they don't. Shit, my kids don't even look like me. Porgie is a mini version of John, and while Izzy does vaguely resemble me, he looks absolutely nothing like my mother. Once again, I don't know why her comments bother me. Maybe I just get sick of hearing the same inaccurate statements over and over again.
And finally, my mother likes to take credit for all of my kids' admirable qualities. If someone mentions that Porgie is smart, my mother will claim that she takes after her grandma. If someone mentions that Izzy is brave and fearless, she will claim that he takes after his grandma. Gah. It makes me want to scream.
Why do I let these silly comments get under my skin?