Number 3: Describe your relationship with your parents.
I was adopted when I was four months old. My adoptive parents were told they couldn’t have children after they had tried for several years. So when they got me, they were delighted! When Mom was 6 months old, her father died and she was placed in The Episcopal Children’s Home in Pittsburgh. She lived there until she was 18 and out of high school. Living there was difficult for her, and she missed out on a lot. It wasn’t a normal upbringing, that’s for sure. As a mother, her childhood experiences caused her to be very possessive and extremely strict. I have always had somewhat of a rebellious personality, which often clashed with Mom’s need for control. Mom was a great seamstress and made most of my clothes, including my prom dress. I taught her how to quilt.
My Dad backed my Mom up on most things (it was easier), and he was also running a small business that kept him pretty busy. Because he grew up in the Depression, he has always been very frugal (I can think of other ways to say that, but this is probably the most kind way to say it!). Dad read to me almost every night for years. We read the classics, fairy tales, short stories, and read many of my favorites (and his) dozens of times. It was my favorite time of the day!
My Mom has been gone almost 6 years now, and my dad is 90 and lives near me for half of the year. The other half finds him living in a warmer climate where my brother Bob, (who was a surprise, born when I was almost 9), keeps an eye on him.
I mentioned that I was adopted… I have met my biological parents and their families…my paternal side is from Georgia, the maternal side from Michigan. I now know where my musical ability comes from, as well as my love for quilting (both from my paternal side!). All totaled up, I have 4 brothers and 2 sisters… that I know of! As my brother Michael and I joke, we never know when another sibling will pop out of the woodwork and surprise us!
It’s all good.