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Old 05-15-2012, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, MD
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By that, I don't mean your spouse and kids but your parents and extended family. How often do you see them/visit/call? Do you enjoy visiting them? I generally avoid them as much as possible but my mother calls and nags me to death if I skip holidays like Xmas or Mother's Day so I occasionally get roped into these things but I generally avoid them if I can.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:25 PM
 
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Yes, I have learned over the years it helps me keep my sanity. I now live a few hundred miles away so that helps but occasionally I will ignore a phone call if I am not in the mood. I love my family but they have a lot of problems that they want to discuss for hours on end. If I don't give them that amount of time they get testy. My mother and siblings have type A personalities and are extremely needy on top of it. They also have lots of drama in their lives, poor relationships, bad marriages, job problems and so on. Most of it is due to how they treat others and still haven't figured that out yet. So ya...sometimes I need to let the phone just ring.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:56 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I do avoid my family of origin. Actually, I moved to another state in part to get away from them but they still track me down.

There are certain members of my extended family who I see, but all of them at once no, and some of them never.

And I don't care about the thickness of blood as opposed to water either.
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:04 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Most of my roommates, over time, have become family to me. One has been with me 13 years now, best family member I've ever had. In fact, I'm even going to will my house to him some day, which will sure to anger my extended family 1600 miles away!

I'm a firm believer in spending high quality time with a family member, even though you only do it once in a lifetime. My trips with my brother have meant more to both of us than merely seeing him at a repeated family reunions or Xmas gatherings.

I hardly ever see my niece, and I'm considering flying her out here for a once-in-a-liftime trip around the SW, something she'll long remember, rather than brief exchanges with the rest of the family present.

After my mother and father died I announced to everyone, even my beloved brother, I will not go thru the expense of flying back home for no more funerals or weddings! Disown me? Would you be that kind?
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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I used to live about 1.5 miles from my Mom, and saw her maybe 5 or 6 times a year.

Its not just her though, I generally just dont like being around anyone outside of my wife and cats, and will usually only do anything if its an absolute must (graduations, weddings, sometimes birthdays, Christmas).

I just prefer being at home and nobody bothering me.
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I talk to my parents once or twice a week in general, and visit every month. They live a couple of hours away. I love them and they are not dysfunctional or annoying (usually, hehe). My inlaws live closer than my parents do, so we eat lunch with them on Saturdays. Mother in law calls the husband every other day sometimes, which I think is a little much, but oh well. She just loves calling people. She calls her neices and nephews, parents and siblings at least that often too.
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Family dynamics are tricky things, my sister and I can barely stay in the same room at the same time, but we have to see each other at family functions, so we just avoid each other rather than aggrivate the situation.

I talk to my parents at least once a week, and while they live 2 1/2 hours away, I make the trip at least twice a month during good weather, once a month during bad weather in the winter. They are getting older, my mother has Parkinsons, so the time I can spend with them is limited by nature and I plan to spend as much time with them as I can.

My brother and I get along pretty well, and he and his family live on the same ranch as my parents and they have a family dinner at least once a week, so I see them when I am at my parents place. His sons are still very young, and a lot of fun for me as I can teach them all sorts of mean things that they will take home and drive their folks nuts with

There was a time when I did my level best to distance myself from my family, including joining the Navy so I spent years away from home, but what that taught me was that family is precious, so enjoy it while you have it, nobody lives forever and the time I have spent with my parents in the last few years is precious beyond price.

My wife is not close to her family, and her mother lives in another state so they haven't seen each other in years, but through the marvel of modern communications, in the last year they have reconnected, and both are much happier because of it.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:55 PM
 
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Since College and the Military I have seen my family (Father once in 6 years), we generally speak Sunday's unless the Marine Corps has us training or off to a foreign land.
Through retrospect I should have gone home often especially with my profession.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Do you generally avoid your family?

Like the plague.

DH's and my family are almost all shiftless, drama queens/kings, whiners, and troublemakers, prison inmates or convicted criminals, or entitlement mavens who think that everything we worked for, we owe them. We moved 1700 miles to the middle of nowhere to get away from them. The only ones who come to visit have to PLAN to visit, and give us at least a week's warning. So far, it's been one brother and one niece, as well as one (adult) child. And we are quite content for the others to think that we are too far away to bother with!
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:11 PM
 
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I don't think I know anyone that doesn't see their family. I am glad I don't have a family like the ones described in these posts.
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