I’ve written about this particular “friend” before and her burning need to gossip. Tasha is known for being a busybody. She attended the same junior high as both my husband and Eliza. He said she was the same way then, too. He felt she was a person that I needed to feed with a long handled spoon.
In a way I don’t want to cut her off because she does have good qualities. But here lately, her bad qualities are overwhelming her good ones. For starters she viewed attending the funeral as a social event–a reunion of sorts. Tasha stated that she wanted to be “cute” for the service as she never knew who would be there! On the otherhand, she was very supportive in the aftermath of his death (she was the one in the photo with me on the post Be There). Not to mention she has a wicked sense of humor and a fair sense of fashion. When she is not being controlled by the green-eyed monster, she gives good advice and is a great listener.
I try to ignore her malignancy as much as possible. When she gets to gabbing about others I change the subject or remain quiet. I wish she would grow up. However, I know Tasha is suffering from insecurity. It makes her feel superior for a little while when she is slandering others. Yet she hates when others do the same to her. Tasha was complaining about a woman we both know spreading rumors about her! I wanted to point out that it hurts when the shoe is on the other foot, but she can’t accept constuctive criticism.
She is highly competitive with all of her friends (not just me because I have heard all about them as I’m sure they have heard all about me!) and is very consumed by people who have “more” than her. I rarely tell her about my accomplishments because I know that she can’t handle hearing such news.
One day I was combing Jazmine’s hair when she called. When she inquired about what I was doing, she responded Don’t you mean brushing?! It was a snide comment that I didn’t play into. No, I’m combing it. Her hair has grown quite a bit since the last time you saw her, I patiently explained. Sometimes she amuses me with her lack of decorum!
She also gets pretty annoyed with me because I do not divulge every detail of my life. She is very free in her speech and talks about many things including her sex (blush!) life. I’m not that way with any of my friends! She often says I hate when people act like they can’t share details. I know that the “people” she is referring to means me because she thinks that I am too secretive. But I am very careful about what I say to her knowing that everyone in town would be privvy to the information a few hours later. I keep the conversation on general terms with her–kids, recipes, shopping, movies, careers–nothing too revealing.
I am pretty good with managing money which I suppose gives her the impression that I have more than I do. In in my present circumstances she is envious of me! Who in their right mind would be jealous of a widow?! She always makes comments that she wishes she could be like me and buy whatever she wants. When she visits, she surveys the house and starts talking about how she to wants to buy a home and all of the other things she needs to get for her apartment that we already have. A few times she has even bought her friends with her to show off our house!
I always feel like I am on “display” when she is around. I can feel her studying and watching my every move. And she has an opinion about everything! To be honest I feel sorry for her because she is obviously hurting and unhappy with herself. But she is too immature to seek another avenue to release her insecurities. I don’t know how to build her self worth even though I try. I am not willing to sacrifice my sanity for the sake of friendship. But I would like to attempt before ditching her completely. So how do you help save a friend from this disease of the mouth?