It must be 'something in the air'...or more likely the pollution, the "scum" that floated downsteam recently from the WT's printing factories. Their recent magazines push to re-demonize 'apostates' -- just in case any weak JW's needed to be 'reminded.'
I'm sorry your own Mom could treat you that way. Even if she thinks it's some kind of spiritual 'tough love'...I agree with you it has to be tough on her, too. It's not natural or normal. It goes against every parental instinct.
I really liked what you said and the way you said it. You actually put into words, very well, feelings I have had for a long time about my shunning and 'how' to deal with it. Learning to accept this kind of treatment is the hardest thing to do and it's painful. I'm glad you've gotten to where you are now.
My kids all shun me now. One of them hasn't shunned me for over a year, until New Years Day. I am marked, not DF.
Apparently, the other JW family members would feel 'uncomfortable' associating with her, if she had any dealings with me. They threatened to "...not come over..." if she welcomed me there, too.
It's 'suspected'...since I've been inactive so long, I might be an 'apostate.' Go figure that one !
Thank you for sharing all this with us. Seeing how others deal with the WT's in a positive way helps all of us know it's possible to survive it.
You are a very good writer, btw.