Sunday, January 13, 2008

Guessing at Normal

Are you guessing at normal?
Children raised in alcoholic households lack first-hand experience in any number of standard social rituals and passage rights - in our family’s case, for example, we never entertained when I was a kid; having guests to dinner or hosting a party was as foreign as muezzin calls.
I didn't live with an alcoholic parent, but our household never entertained, and the idea of having faux "uncles" and "aunts" (aka long-time friends of your parents) was completely unsettling to me as a kid. Maybe my family was just cutting edge.
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