Cyranny’s quickie!

The question is:

Is your family a really close one?

This is a collage of my family. I’m in there somewhere as a buttercup, but there’s my parents, Mum’s parents, their parents, my paternal grandfather, paternal great grandparents, Bro, my sister, her daughters, and several of my nephews. There are also a variety of dogs. My nieces are now 39 and 43, my red headed nephew is now 47 and the father of three, and his two brothers are 54 and 53.

These were the days when I considered my family were ‘close’. I had photos of everyone, and when Mum was alive, we were five living generations.
We still are, but with a sideways tilt as I have a maternal uncle and paternal uncle and older aunt still living.  The only family I have contact with really are said older aunt, Bro a few times a year and recently my niece, she’s the one in the dark blue jumper and light blue apron. Her daughter will be 10 in August.

Sadly, we are not a close family now. Distance plays a great part, but there have been rifts and issues in recent years, disagreements, misunderstandings and a host of other things that have squashed all olive branches. As such we each lead our own lives which sometimes, though rarely, touch rather than overlap. It’s not a unique situation, just the way it is.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Cyranny’s quickie!

  1. murisopsis says:

    The drifting apart of family seems all too common now days… I’m lucky to have a close family both emotionally and physically!

  2. Sadje says:

    It’s sad when families drift apart

  3. Definitely not unique. Probably natural as the pyramid broadens. Friends come with less baggage.

  4. Cyranny says:

    My immediate family (my parents, little brother and I) have lived for so long away from the rest of our family that we’ve never been close to them. And I’ve never felt like I was missing something. But I feel for you who had that bond and slowly lost it. Thank you for sharing your story… xx

  5. Carol anne says:

    It is sad when rifts happen, I know. We do grow apart though sometimes, especially from extended family!

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