How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?
I’m not sure that I would necessarily call my family close or warm. When I was at my grandmother’s for Christmas, I came to the realization that I hadn’t seen my aunt or uncle since Christmas last year. They live in the same city as my mom. Not seeing my cousins for a year is understandable, they live in other states.
I feel like we put a good face on the whole close and warm thing around Christmastime. Maybe it’s an attempt at something Rockwellian. And it may feel incredibly real to everyone else. It’s possible that I’m the only cynic in the bunch who can’t help but feel like it’s artificial.
Ever since my dad passed away, I just haven’t had a strong desire to do family things. I don’t know why. I’m not upset with my family. I’m not trying to avoid memories of Dad. I just don’t know.
As for my childhood, I’d say it was average. I don’t think that I was any happier than other kids I knew at school. But I don’t think that I went without, either. I was blessed to have two parents who loved me. Not something I take for granted.
Enough about me. How are your families? Warm? Close?
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.