Dear Carolyn • There is a woman in my life with whom I do not wish to interact on a regular basis. She's incredibly selfish and cares only for her own happiness. She can't be trusted with confidences; she blabs everything to anyone who will listen, even when she's asked to keep something to herself. When I bothered to call her, she either didn't answer or was too busy to talk to me. I quit calling. Yet, when she calls me, she expects me to drop whatever I'm doing to chat. If I ignore her calls, she continues to call until I answer.
I find these conversations tiresome and would rather avoid them.
Does it change your answer to know that she's my mother? If this were anyone else, I would have cut off contact years ago.