Blood is thicker and messier than water
Sound of Silence
I was deployed twice overseas and each time I returned home not a single member of my family ever came to see me return. I was the only person returning with my group that had no one there to greet me. The entire four years I was state side, not a single member of my family came to visit.
One of my older brothers married a girl from Samoa and my parents flew there for their wedding, my other older brother is in the Army and my parents have traveled to attend all his major military events. I come from a very conservative Mormon/Catholic family in Wyoming and we have generations of veterans in our family. I was the only member in my family to obtain an Eagle Scout and graduate from college.
I don’t know what I did to deserve this but I’ve finally made peace with myself after years of battling sadness mixed with anger. Now that I have my own son, I realize now that what I went through was lesson to ensure my son will never experience what I had to go through. (roanry)
Not My Family
My grandmother died when I was four and a couple years later my grandfather got remarried to another woman. What my grandfather did after the marriage is what’s messed up. He completely abandoned all his family for his new wife’s family, he sold off or gave all of my grandmother’s stuff to his new wife, and the last thing he said to me before I never saw him again was “I’m not your grandpa.”
Imagine being a six year old who’s only father figure and hero said that before walking out forever. (DoctorHL)
During my father-in-laws unexpected sickness and death my brother-in-law got greedy. While my wife was staying with my FIL at the hospital my BIL proceeded to loot my FIL of as many of his earthly possessions as he could load up, and took it all to his house; my wife has never been allowed to go through these personal possessions.
After moving my FIL to hospice, to cover his tracks my BIL proceeded to tell the entire family that I had stolen large amounts of money from my FIL. There was no truth to this whatsoever in any shape form or fashion. And in fact, after my FIL’s death my BIL embezzled the estate funds $50,000 from the account – my wife ended up suing him and he had to return half. This act tore the family apart; all because of greed. (reh1968)