Monday, November 21, 2011

Etiquette just doesn't cover this one

You know how when you were growing up and your parents taught you to say please and thank you and everyone was happy when you used your manners?  Normal manners don't cover it when you're dealing with a Narcissist.  They crave effusive praise the way an addict craves their particular drug or fix.  And it really sucks for my kids that their grandma is a Narcissist because she expects more than a please and a thank you from them when she does anything for them. 

Bess got straight A's on her first report card at her new school.  We (meaning her parents) were both thrilled, mainly because I was a bit concerned about moving her to a gifted school to begin with.  She had been talking about how much she enjoyed it, but that report card really let me know that she was also doing well in the gifted environment.  So yay, we're all happy for her.

We got a card addressed to Bess from Grandma today to congratulate her for the report card.  Included in said card which is supposed to be congratulating Bess is this line - "A phone call from you letting me know you got the package and what you liked would be nice."  Because it can never not be about the NPD Grandma.  Ugh.  Would it really have been that hard to refrain from mentioning what you had done when you were supposed to be celebrating your granddaughter's accomplishments?  I guess hoping for normal etiquette is just too much...

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