Originally Posted by debiraymond
Originally Posted by Laurajean
Originally Posted by sfw2
I haven't posted on this thread, yet, mostly because I wasn't sure I have a right to. I was blessed with a surprisingly normal family. I just wanted to let those of you who have shared so much, here, know that I feel for you all. You've made me appreciate my parents even more, and I have a huge amount of respect for all of you, for making it through.
Thank you. Supportive comments are always appreciated. Hope we aren't coming off as a pity party, I know we don't mean it that way, it's just so refreshing to find others in the same shoes who've had such similar experiences when we always thought "we were the only ones". I mean, I knew there were others, but to find each other here has been so interesting. And I'm genuinely thrilled for you that you have the good fortune of a great family, nothing wrong with that!
AMEN!!!! It is REALLY nice to hear about the good ones. Honestly, for me, hearing about the good parents is really uplifting. I believe it give us hope for our own children.
Tonight I asked my son outright if I was anything like my mother. I was rewarded with confirmation I am nowhere in her hemisphere. I love my son and I am sooo glad to hear he loves me too and I don't cause him pain.
That's great Debi. I sure wish my mother was thoughtful enough to ASK how she was doing. THAT'S good parenting right there, asking, and then listening. And while I'm here discussing my mother's dysfunction, I've also been posting about how great my father is over on my Father's Day thread, so I'm not just parent bashing, really. (I know you know that Debi, I'm just speaking generally here). We have great family members, and yes, some of us have lousy ones too. I like discussing all aspects.