80 year old MIL talks incessantly
March 5, 2013 3:59 PM Subscribe
My 80 year old mother- in- law of 30 years talks non-stop about things I am not interested in----- but the people-pleaser in me keeps listening to her politely and I end up feeling exhausted.
posted by seekingsimplicity to human relations (23 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I see other family members interrupting her mid-sentence or just walking off while she is talking and out of guilt I guess I keep listening to her ad nauseum.
I have very little in common with her and am not really interested in the details of events that she offers in conversation. I feel like I am not true to myself when I listen to her.
I even avoid being by myself with her when we are at her house and I about die when the phone rings and it is her.
Part of me feels like I should give her the gift of listening to her (she is 80 years old!) but another part of me feels very impatient with the whole situation.
I know she will never change but would like some advice about how to be polite but also be able to get out of a LONG conversation with her.
Any exit strategys welcome.