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Musing

Invisible Daughter

April 16, 2017

This is what it's like to be the daughter of a narcissist:
Yesterday, I was in the car with my Mom, taking her to Trader Joe's. She said to me, "I can't believe my daughter is a grown woman. It's just unbelievable to me."
We drove on silence for a bit. Then she opened her purse. "I have a picture I keep with me..."

Assuming it was a baby picture of me (probably the one where I'm naked and giggling as I look up at the camera in my crib), I was kind of touched. It's the not the kind of thing I would expect from her. But the photo she hands over is of her and her friend Hilda as teenagers. "Is that really me?" she asks. "I look so good there."

She says how she never felt she was good enough. "Not since the orphanage...
"Did you ever feel that way?"

"Yes," I tell her. "After all, I'm your daughter."