Yes, true. Parents are supposed to have your back and be guidance counselors. They are not supposed to need parenting. When it comes to something like Bipolar, kids don't even know WHAT that is, let alone HOW to react to it.
I believed some of my mother's "issues" were inherited, but also from some type of trauma during childhood. She was kind of childlike, and I had to be responsible more than other kids my age. I did my own laundry, my own meals, and she would go missing and nobody knew where she was, but wasn't gone so long that anyone had to send out a search. Then she never told us where she had gone.. my father was upset by that. She was a good artist, studied in college, and taught an art class, but had some narcissistic tendancies that made things confused and scary. But, she had taught me to pray as a toddler, and it's that faith that helped me to survive to this very day!
I tried to find out more when my mother and grandmother were still alive, but they couldn't even remember enough to answer my questions. I recognize the face of the one on bottom right..my uncle.. one of my mother's stepbrothers.. grew up to become a municipal judge. He died in old age from Parkinson's. I feel sad regret not knowing more. I wonder if that was Coney Island, NY?
That's my Grandfather who came here from the Russian Federation (to Ellis Island) to get away from the holocaust. He was Ashkenazi Jewish. He was a widower with five children when he married my maternal grandmother. She had come here as an immigrant from Austria as a young teenager, and her first marriage was to him around age 40, then had two more children (pretty late, huh?). The boy first, then my mother, but her father died when she was only six (he was 57). She did not know what he died from? Obviously, she grew up without a father (during the Great Depression), and I never got to meet him, but I look like him and not my parents. I'm 57 now. That is scary, huh?
I love Pat's idea to write a book of imaginary creatures. And your dinner sounds delicious. I had pizza, which was just what I wanted. Happy Thanksgiving to you... and agree about the lack of Turkey Day FPs!
"Natural Science Lessons for the Gullible" is a delight. Your wonderful imagination is teamed with a gift for words that allows the rest of us to see what you see. And your love for animals always shines, even for imaginary creatures. Thank you for sharing!