Episode 805: Leave Me Alone I'm Lonely“Weren't you there when I left?” Molly asked, gesturing to the kitchen table where her mom, Talia, sat.
“You're late,” her mom said, though in a half-hearted sort of way.
Molly just rolled her eyes as she turned to the refrigerator and grabbed a soda. “I was only five minutes late, don't blow it up into a big thing just because you're in the dumps, Mom.” At the last second, Molly grabbed a second soda, popped the top on it, and passed it across the table as she took a seat.
“I'm not in the dumps,” her mom said after a sip.
“”You moped though Christmas and New Year's, now it's Valentine's Day and you just sat here all night, right? That's the dumps, Mom.”
“Fine, it's the dumps. I'm a little down, and I'm sort of wallowing in it, maybe you should just leave me to it rather than get caught in the crossfire, huh?”
“Aren't you going to do something about it? All this moping is pretty pathetic.”
“Gee, Molls, what a kind compassionate thing to say.”
“It's just the truth. It is pathetic. It's all about your boyfriend, right? It's all about some guy, who, I mean, he isn't even a mechanic at the garage, he isn't anything.”
“I'll have you know he's-” Her mom shook her head. “It doesn't matter what he has done or does do for a living, you need to stop judging people like that, and while you're at it, don't call me or anyone else pathetic, even if you do think it's the truth, it isn't nice. You need to think about other people's feelings before you put them on the spot like you did to your cousin at the tree trimming party.”
“That was months ago! And I just teased her a little, I didn't actually say anything. Why are you lecturing me about it now? If you thought it was so bad why didn't you say something about it the night it happened, instead of waiting forever, waiting for when you're in a sour mood and want something to take out on me.”
“I don't know why I didn't say anything sooner,” Talia said. “I should have said something to you right then. I should have intervened. But nope, I didn't. I'm not the mom you need me to be. I'm not the person I need to be. I haven't done anywhere near as much as I could have to raise you and your brother to be good people.”
“I'm a perfectly fine person, Mom. Where is this coming from? Wait, I get it, now I know why he's gone, why you're moping, why you're nagging me weeks after the fact. Tansy went and whined to the boyfriend, didn't she? Nothing even happened and still, he blames you? He broke up with you over something dumb, over something I didn't even say all because he's overprotective of a kid who isn't even related to him. Yeah, I so stand by calling you pathetic. A guy who'd break up with you for something you had no control of, over something that wasn't anything, that's an idiot not worth moping over. Though, I mean, really, no guy is, how do I know that as a teenager and you still haven't figured it out? This is just sad, Mom, totally sad.”