Miss Lynn: My Delusional Mother (A True Story)
Miss Lynn, my mother, was narcissistically delusional preferring to reside in a world according to her perception oftentimes contrary to the world as it actually was. She lived her 85 year chaotic life battling through a personally contrived crisis after crisis. There was always a phantom someone (or something) out to get her. More
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Meet Miss Lynn. Talented. Ahead of her time. Hard working. Good looking. Seems like you'd have to go a ways to screw up your life with all that going for you, but she did. Over and over again.
There's an old saying that goes: "You're all right, the world's all wrong," the implication being, of course, that "You're not all right at all." Most of us understand this, but Miss Lynn never got it.
In Miss Lynn World, she was always right. In Miss Lynn World, it was always someone else's fault. In Miss Lynn World there were two kinds of people, Miss Lynn and everybody else. Only she possessed The Truth, her reality prevailed: "I'm all right, the world's all wrong."
One fine example was the time all of the money (worth over 1.5 million dollars) went missing from the family business. Miss Lynn? “Don't you dare blame me. If money is missing, you probably took it. Besides, it was my money.” “Peasant.” (Implied)
Then there was the time she changed the lock on an inside door leading downstairs to the basement. The Big House (Miss Lynn's humble 19 room abode) had an ancient boiler that required attention on a 24-hour basis, including the middle of the night. On this particular night, her son (with his wife, toddler daughter, and newborn son asleep upstairs), headed to the basement and discovered his key didn't work. The only alternate route required bundling up against mid-winter freezing temperatures and tramping outside and around the house to the basement level entrance. In the snow.
Miss Lynn? Well, Miss Lynn felt slighted and resented the attention the new baby was taking away from her.
This is a woman who refused to take "no" for an answer and was, in many ways, years ahead of her time; who destroyed her most intimate relationships over imagined wrongs; and who squandered her talent and potential by choosing greed and self-interest over her business and employees, and friends. And son.
Miss Lynn had one child, her son Andy, who looked out for her his entire life. Yet her most beloved and cherished companion for more than 50 years was David, who existed only in Miss Lynn World, and yet remained real to her until the day she died.
Meet Miss Lynn for yourself.
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