My nephew lives in that area. He's a teeny thing right now, barely four years old. I don't know him well since we haven't spent much time around each other. So I felt surprised by the love that I felt for him as we sat at dinner. He asked me to draw with him, and I happily obliged with a teddy bear on his paper. Warm love gushed from my chest toward him as he laughed because the bear was upside down. What a cutie pie.
My sister and her husband are going through some challenges right now. I won't go into great detail since it's their conundrum to deduce. It was kind of difficult to sit with them and hear the same lines of logic that I heard as I grew to this point. My sister brought up my mom and said, "So you're not speaking with her right now?" It's true, I'm not speaking with her because she's unable to respect me. Only, I didn't form those words because... well... I was so tired when I saw them, and it was awkward because we hadn't hung out in a couple of years. So my words coalesced in a different manner. I managed to eek out that I'd tried a solo lunch and then brought my partner to another gathering. I explained that my mom was all, "Ohh, my son!" to my partner even though that was the first time she'd met him. I was trying to explain how hurtful it was that she wouldn't treat me as an individual. But the message didn't seem to make it into comprehension. My sister and her husband advised me to, "smile and nod," and then they both went into stories about how much they smiled and nodded through countless situations before they moved to another state.