Friday, September 9, 2011

Getting to Know You: Family

Today we're talking about our families. What kind of family do you have? Who are you closest to? Who drives you crazy?

Tell us how well you get along with your kin.

15 comments:

Ginger said...

I have a typical family, I guess. My parents, my younger brother and sister and myself. I'm usually closest to my dad, but lately my mom's been easier to get along with.

She just worries a lot. So I try not to tell her too much. We just talk about cooking and gardening and family stuff.

Micah said...

Initially, my immediate family was my wife Elizabeth and my son Joel, but I had a special relationship with my former trademaster Jedidiah and his granddaughter Mizbeah.
Then the story started and everything went strange. Joel ran off to join the bad guys, and Elizabeth died. I also adopted a girl named Abigail after her parents and older sister died while trying to rescue Joel...

Laura Martone said...

My characters are all sleeping at the moment, so I guess I'll give this one a shot by myself. If we're talking about my household family, there's just three of us... me, my hubby, and my kitty. And that's quite enough - for now. After all, while I'm close to both of them, they each drive me crazy in their own special way.

Beyond that, I have a mom and dad who also drive me bonkers at times - and two aunts who, um, are eccentric - to say the least. All the grandfolks are dead, I'm afraid - in fact, the last two died last year - and I miss them all a lot. Besides a stepfamily and several in-laws, there's no one else in my immediate family. I'm an only child, after all - with no first cousins - a fact that's caused some very mixed feelings over the years.

Christine Hardy said...

No cousins, even, Laura? Oh dear, that does sound lonely.

I have two first cousins, whom I see occasionally. One is a guitar player with country singer Justin Moore, so when they are in town we get free tickets and hang out with him at the concerts, which is cool.

My son is an only child and I used to feel really bad about that, because my sister has always been a huge part of my life. But having more kids just didn't work out, so we try to get him together with his cousins as much as possible. Fortunately, there were several boys born within a year of each other - that post 9/11 baby boom.

But, as my husband points out, he's got three siblings and isn't particularly close with any of them. My mom and her sister don't get along at all, and even me and my sister aren't close any more. Friends seem to be more important as we get older.

Kaelin said...

Ginger? What about me?

Kaelin said...

I have my wife, a brother and his wife, a sister, two cousins, my uncle, a new...brother, of sorts, I guess you'd call Raynor now, and his wife, now also part of our family. And now Faldur is coming back with us, plus there are always guards around.

It's... a lot.

Laura Martone said...

You know, Christine, I didn't actually feel lonely growing up. I mean, don't get me wrong - I really wanted to be a big sister, but my parents split up when I was about two and a half, so siblings didn't appear to be in my future. When my dad remarried, I felt some hope about having a stepsister and stepbrother, but for various unpleasant reasons, that didn't work out either. Oh, my dad is still married to my stepmom, but I'm not exactly simpatico with my step-siblings.

Although having siblings and first cousins would've been nice, being an only child actually made me closer to the adults in my family - most notably, my mom, her sister, and my two grandmothers. So, all in all, I had a pretty okay childhood. But, nevertheless, I appreciate your concern. :-)

Ginger said...

I thought they meant blood relatives, Kaelin.

You are.... something too deep to put into words.

Christine said...

You said you had mixed feelings so I was trying to be sympathetic, Laura. I'm glad you're content!

Aidan said...

I guess I'd include Marenya in my blood relatives. I shared my blood with her once.

That made a mess.

Jil said...

I also was an only child in Canada, sent off to boarding school most of the time so didn't have much of a connection with my folks. Dad was sweet but Mother a bit neurotic.When I was about forty I discovered that my "Aunt" who lived in Bermuda was really my half sister and we became great friends by mail. She never forgave my mother for deserting her when Jac was four.
Now I only have cousins in England and Ireland. I hope the Irish one will visit San francisco next year.I missed having relatives around.

Laura Martone said...

Well, Jil, I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only "only child" around here, and I hope your Irish cousin makes it to San Francisco soon. Family visits can be a hoot - well, at least some of the time. ;-)

Oh, and Christine, I knew you were just showing concern... I hope you didn't read my comments in any other way. The Internet can be such an inaccurate form of expression!

Christine Hardy said...

Oooh, I wish I had cousins in Ireland and England! I'm dying to go there. And Scotland.

I hope you get to meet them, Jil.

Ginger said...

That was too much information, your lordship.

Oh dear, now she's throwing up again. You really can't talk about that kind of stuff right now. I'll get her.

Aidan said...

Oh yeah. Sorry, love.

But it was her idea, Gingersnap.