I really hate my mother when she is manipulative, biased and condescending. She can really pour it on and, let me tell you, when she does, it is all about her. Trouble is, she makes it all about me somehow - very crafty. I am just not able to maintain a healthy attitude, reasonable self-esteem and, sometimes, my temper when I am around her. Every time, every single time, she pushes my buttons. She is about to turn 85, so I feel I have to treat her with kid gloves because she 'seems' so fragile but I am seething inside and don't want to be around her at all.