Yesterday, or more accurately the day before (as it’s nearly 2AM), my streak of four years, seven months, and 15 days ended. I received an email message from Mommie Dearest — so it took her more than four and a half years to figure out how to sneak around my firewall by creating a free (Gmail, in this case) email address. An address that is now blocked at my mail server, of course.
When I saw her name in my email inbox my first reaction was “Howdafuq?”. All other email messages she’s tried to send have bounced harmlessly off of my mail server. It’s good to be a geek. 🙂 Then I looked at the rest and saw that she’s got a new Gmail account. Mystery solved. No worries. That one’s blocked now too.
Her excuse for making contact was pretty damned weak so naturally I saw through it right away. Looking at the message headers reminded me of what day it was: Her 78th birthday. Mortality calling, says it’s urgent. I was half tempted to respond and vent my spleen, but the wiser part of me knows that any response would be taken as a partial victory and an open door to stick a foot into. Like Global Thermonuclear War (from the movie War Games, and also in real life thermonuclear war): “A strange game. The only winning move is not to play”.
I wish I’d had good sense enough to abandon my family of origin long before I did. Life is good now that they don’t matter. One streak has ended, but the most important one continues. 🙂