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Renee talks to Big Ang(Yay!) about her upcoming family therapy session with AJ. Ang is all for it. She says that it’s not only good for them, but that it is also very sweet on AJ’s part to truly show how much he loves and supports his mother. How much do you want to bet that Ang was thinking of her own AJ during this?
Speaking of Renee and AJ – sigh!
AJ meets with Renee and her counselor for family therapy. My heart breaks all over again. Poor AJ! After these past couple of seasons of inappropriate sharing with her son, Renee finally listens to AJ’s side of things.
I have always thought that AJ was checked out with his mom because she was simply too much of a Drama Queen. But, actually hearing his side of his mom’s depression, while talking about how depressed it made him, really brought it home to me. I suspect that Renee’s addiction issues, as she is wont to call them, were there prior to her surgery. I think that AJ was a kid who did what he could to enjoy his mother’s good days and find a way out of the house when she was having a bad day. But, actually hearing AJ talk about what he felt?
AJ tells his mom that he doesn’t understand or support her addiction. He sees no reason to use drugs, because he gets depressed too. That is when he separates himself from her (my heart broke when he said that!). For once, Renee actually hears what he is saying. He tells her that he always knew when she was too high to deal with – that was why he would do what he could to get out of the house and away from her.
He doesn’t want her to be clean for him. He wants her to get sober for herself.
You guys, I couldn’t stop the tears after that. AJ even had a talking head interview about it and I couldn’t snark on that.
Think about what it would be like to have Renee as your mother. Then, think about what it has been like for AJ. I just can’t imagine. She is like her own hurricane, laying waste to everything in her path. When you add the addiction element, AJ was the sole survivor before she realized she needed help. It’s not fair to a teenaged boy to have to deal with that.
Renee breaks down. She says that she never knew that AJ realized she was high. She had no idea that her issues had such an effect on him. AJ is forgiving because he knows that his mom needs to do this for herself and not anyone else. I love PoorAJ so much right now! Renee cries all over him and he comforts her. And for a second, I wonder if he has seen her get this way before. Then, I realize the difference being that there is actually a counselor there (even if he HAS agreed to allow this to be filmed) to help them move forward.