Question of the Week #102

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.

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3 thoughts on “Question of the Week #102

  1. My parents got divorced when I was 7 and my mom has always had custody of me and my younger sister. However, I saw my dad a lot and still have a really good relationship with him. He always puts us first in his schedule and wants to be the best dad he can be, given the circumstances. Then, my mom remarried a couple years ago, and my stepdad is amazing and his two daughters are cool sisters, though we’ve had some rough transistion times. My dad has 4 sisters and they all have kids and us cousins are all really close. I’ve been blessed even through the pain. God is good!
    I am sorry to hear about your dad’s passing.
    Sydney

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