Almost 10 years ago I was telling my mother I was a smoker. She took my cellphone and Internet privileges away for some months. Needless to say, since I’m still a smoker, punishment didn’t work. Neither did cutting my allowance, or any other sane method.
Today I’m finally able to ask her some money for tobacco (unemployment’s a bitch) almost without any problems (she still nags me about quitting, but at least now I can say the money’s for tobacco, instead of using codes).
Some weeks ago she told me she wants to see me smoking.
I’m not sure how to react to that. I spent over a decade hiding it from her. It feels unnatural, even though she knows for years that I’m a smoker, to do it in front of her. Even after she stopped punishing me, smoking remained a taboo between us. And, even though that taboo is finally (supposedly?) being lifted, I feel weird with the thought of smoking in front of her.
What say you, Internet? Should I appease my mom’s weird request and smoke in front of her, or would that be the death of the artist?