After daddy left I was the proverbial red-headed step child of my home. During this time I watched a movie on HBO titled “Mommy Dearest” and became obsessed with wanting to understand more. This movie is why my mother’ name used in my blog is Joan. Joan Crawford, movie star, classic narcissist, center of attention, gas lighting, mental & physical abuse, alcoholic, insecure, many men in her life, required the best of the best of everything, unrealistic expectations of others, always looked glamorous and had the facade mastered to boot. This was my mother, except for the movie star part. Everyone loved my mom, her facade was unbreakable.
I was mothers proverbial punching bag. I look just like my dad Clint, spitting image. I do things like him, we have similar hobbies and interests and mannerisms. I was told daily in a condescending tone “You’re just like your father”. Which was basically telling me or as I heard it “I hate you, you disgust me, you’re not good enough, change who you are, get out of my sight, don’t look at me that way, you disappoint me”. Fantastic words for a preteen girl trying to find herself and her place in this world.
Along with this was also the deep pain of abandonment I felt when daddy moved out. He left me with her. Joan’s right, I’m not good enough or even a good girl, because maybe he would have stayed with me or took me with him. Why did he leave me with her? I wasn’t mad at him though, just sad and hurt and scared.
I was insignificant. How does a preteen get approval? What’s society teaching her? Who and what does she turn to?
First, she over compensates for approval from everyone. She becomes friends with EVERYONE. Jocks, stoners, geeks, pre-madonas and outcasts. I loved the movie Breakfast Club because they were all of my friends. I wish they casted a character like me because I know I’m not the only person whose life was like this. The mommy issues I had made me afraid of women and the positive mom influences in my life were too hard to be around. I was jealous of my friends who had mom’s that cared, mom’s I wanted to have. Which caused me to be leery of all girls or women, mom always said to “never trust another woman”. Did she know something I didn’t and am I supposed to follow her words? Maybe if I follow her words she’ll approve of me. She trusted men, except for my dad, so she had plenty of male friends.
Daddy issues were abandonment and if I was better he’d approve of me and ask me to live with him. Okay so how do I get men or boys to like me or approve of me, what do they want? So I followed mom’s lead; I dressed proactively, flirted, hung out with them, fawned over them, and tried to date as many as I could. This was all before the age of 15. I drank with them, smoked weed, made out and became like a groupy. They loved having me around and that’s where I got my start of feeling accepted and approved of. I felt significant and needed.
This was the beginning path of many of my traumas in life. I mastered this behavior, but the older I got the more they wanted from me. It scared me, but the curiosity of having acceptance became my demise.
It became my pig.