Yi! My birthday was last week and as a surprise, my mom gave me the best gift. She's sending me on a two-week trip to Japan – a place I've dreamed of going since I was 12. There's only one caveat – she's going with me. Now I love my mother, don't get me wrong. But she is needy and overbearing and complains about everything and I honestly can't decide if I should take the trip knowing she has to come with me. I don't want to miss out on a trip of a lifetime, but I'm afraid it'll be a two-week disaster if I have to go with her. What should I do??
Slacker said he would think Monica was being a brat if she just didn't want to go with her mom. He thinks taking your dream trip with a complainer would be awful no matter who you went with. Slacker thinks that Monica needs to give her mom clear expectations of what the trip should be. Take her to the local Asian fish market and let her get overwhelmed with the smells and different languages just to see how she handles it. He thinks if Monica knows for certain that it will be a nightmare, she needs to leave mom at home.
Steve said he would probably be Monica's mom--he would be the guy going to Japan and looking for Panda Express. Steve thinks that Monica should plan another trip with her mom and take her dream trip by herself or with a friend she can enjoy it with. If she can't talk mom out of going, plant a gun in her luggage and rat her out at the airport.
Should Monica go with mom or turn down the trip and try to go later?