While we’re posting on prompts, let’s also throw in a Friday Five!
1. Did you grow up with your parents together as a unit?
Yes and no. My parents are still together, but when I was a young kid my dad traveled a lot. When I was a teenager, he worked in Germany and had an apartment there. He’d leave Monday morning, return Wednesday evening, leave Thursday morning and return Friday evening. So during the week, it was just us three. I did miss him.
2. Did you reach adulthood with four living grandparents?
My biological paternal grandmother died long before I was born. But my paternal grandfather re-married, and so my ‘step-grandma’ was the only grandmother I knew. All four of them were alive when I was an adult (defining ‘adult’ as ’18 years old’), but my maternal grandfather died not too soon after.
3. Is your extended family a close one or not?
Not at all. After my paternal step-grandmother died, I have not had contact with that side of the family. (Something to do with the inheritance, and I decided that if my family could treat their siblings like that, I was better off keeping my distance.)
4. Does your family have a ‘black sheep’?
My father’s younger brother was the black sheep (the prototypical ‘rock & roll uncle’), but he died in a car accident before I was born. I have his name as my second name, and I have a younger cousin who is named for him. It was a traumatic experience for the family.
5. What is your first memory of a family member that is not your mother(s) or father(s)?
I… don’t really know?