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The Inconsistent Mother

One minute my mom is presenting me with lavish gifts, the next criticising me for my lack of thrift. What is going on here? -- Bob in Bloomington

Dear Bob,

It's called menopause.  Forgive your poor mother if the hot flashes cloud her judgment.  I suspect inconsistency will rule for the time being.

Forgive your poor mother if the hot flashes cloud her judgment.  I suspect inconsistency will rule for the time being.

You could always aim for logic and refuse to accept expensive gifts (on the basis of thrift and necessity).  It's a matter of how much you're willing to depart with fun gifts. -- M

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