I was just rereading the updated Holiday Hell page on the website, and the last story STILL makes me feel badly for the mother. Sure, she shouldn't have blamed her travel problems on her daughter, but spending the night in the airport is NO fun. I somehow doubt that she was adverse to getting a hotel room, and would have if she could have. Also, I can understand her not wanting to wake up her daughter. She probably assumed that they had eaten and gone to sleep at a normal time, as most any person would. I don't have any sympathy for the daughter having waited until midnight to eat. That's just ridiculous. If someone is traveling to your house, once their 1-2 hours late, it's perfectly acceptable to go eat. Waiting any longer is
I just picture this woman trying to go visit her daughter, when things are so strained between them, with high hopes for the trip, and then ending up being stranded in the airport crying her eyes out and not wanting to be a bother. And THEN when she finally gets through the night, she has a nasty message from her daughter, who simply thinks her mother is being inconsiderate and doesn't even imagine the POSSIBILITY that something might be wrong. A daughter who is ANGRY at being inconvenienced and too selfish to even imagine that her mother has been through an ordeal. So the mother tries to call her daughter, and they're not answering the phone. I'm sorry, this is pretty ridiculous, too. Did they turn off the ringer or something? Are they just THAT heavy of sleepers? If so... fine.. whatever. But the mother doesn't get an answer, and feeling quite wronged, her calls escalate as each one isn't answered.
I can't blame her for taking a flight back home, and as a final act, the daughter calls the mother and calls HER rude! (Even if the mother SHOULD have called the daughter, her intentions were good and should be considered.) And I know--maybe they had a toxic relationship, but on the basis of this situation alone, I put all of the blame on the daughter. The mother's view of the situation might have been skewed afterwards, but I'm sorry... I just can't condemn her.