a reply to: mikegrouchy
I have never once had a problem with telling my mother exactly how much I care about her, and appreciate all the effort she went to in raising me,
especially considering the circumstances which have prevailed over our lives since I was knee high to a grasshopper.
She went through an awful lot to get to where she is, and despite some pretty harrowing situations having come and gone down the years, she is still
one of the kindest, most generous people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She's one of those mothers, whose children consider it an honour of
incomprehensible scale, to carry within them the genetic echoes of their progenitrix.
I do not find it difficult however, to understand the reasons for some families just not being tight together, or for one parent to be a problem for
a child. My father is a deplorable stain upon the rump of this species, and the world would be better off without his "contribution". Despite the
unfortunate fact that without his existence, my own would be an impossibility, I often find myself wondering if it would not have been much better for
the world, if the despicable creep had never been born, or been run over by an out of control milk float or some such as a boy.
As a result of his poor behaviour toward our family, basically throughout the first sixteen years of my life, I can well understand that there are
some people in the world, who are basically there to make everyone else's lives miserable, less than they could be, less than they ought to be. He
did it by insidious, passive means. Others do it by massive violence, fear, aggression. There are even some who will stick a knife in your gut,
regardless of family ties, and smile as they watch the blood flow.
But when you have a parent who is dedicated to their offspring, prepared to fight and die for them, prepared to wreck themselves utterly in pursuit
of a stable environment for their kids, and manages to do all this and be capable of the occasional, if wry smile... That is a person worth
treasuring, worthy of respect, and worthy of ones love.