It’s Almost Over

Thank God, it’s almost over. I have to survive this morning’s breakfast and then they will be gone. They meaning my sister’s family. They have two wonderful children, who I love dearly; however, the inequity in how they treat the boy and girl is more than I can stand. Nothing my nephew does gets him into any real trouble, but everything my niece does gets her yelled at. She’s a normal 10 year old with ADHD, and her parents don’t make sure she takes her medicine. So when she doesn’t take her medicine and is hyper, she gets yelled at. My sister went ballistic yesterday because my niece spilled the punch I’d given her. This is just one example. I get very frustrated at the way they treat my sweet little niece, but I’m not allowed to say anything. It’s so very frustrating. Thankfully, they will leave after breakfast in the morning and things will return to something like normal around here.

I always get down here and wish I wasn’t here for the whole week, but I love being with family (most of them) at Christmas and I love New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day is special in our family for its traditions, and I’d hate to miss it. I know if I get the job in Chicago, I won’t have the luxury of staying a whole week. Maybe next year, I’ll just come for New Year’s Day.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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