Daily Prompt Green-Eyed Monster Tell us about the last time you were really, truly jealous of someone. Did you act on it? Did it hurt your relationship?
Envy or jealousy? There is a difference. I’ve felt envy often. When that shows up I look at it and try to figure out why, as in the case of the New Age maker of bad art at the co-op. I envied her that her work sold and mine hadn’t. I wouldn’t want to be her or paint like her. I thought about that, and I saw I could paint that kind of thing, too, but I didn’t want to. End of story.
I haven’t felt jealousy in a long long long time. It’s human nature, but it’s a trait I didn’t like much, and when I saw the power with which it overcame much of my mom’s personality, I wanted nothing to do with it.
My mom was jealous of the relationship I had with my dad. To write about it here would put a dark cast on a hopeful Saturday so I won’t. Just suffice it to say one of the last things she said to me was, “I slept with your father; you didn’t.”