Beyond The Pale ?I've seen the word "eggshells" used in here lately.
I was at my daughter's Sunday helping her decorate her apartment (which I LOVE to do.)
After about an hour I get THE call: "Where ARE you?"
"I'm at ___________. What do you need?"
"When will you be back?"
(Irritated) What do you need, ______? What do you WANT?"
"You said you were going to Church. I just wanna know when you're comin' back."
Yadda yadda yadda - he hangs up the phone (w/out saying "Goodbye.")
Needless to say, the rest of the day was much diminished as a result of the call. As the day wore on I began to feel more and more anxious (and guilty abt even being there) about going home.
"Walking on eggshells" is how I feel around him.
Like anything can explode in a moment around our house.
It used to be him. It still is. But now it's me too.
I actually took a dining room chair recently, lifted it above my head and smashed it into smithereens on the dining room table in a recent episodic rage. There's a story to this but I'm afraid the details will bore you. I'm pretty sure you can imagine what they are. ("Control" is a main feature.)
What's all that all about?