Thursday, November 11, 2010

Too Critical?

I'm not being mean but my grandparents won't live forever; that's why I take time out of my schedule to see them. However, the cousins of my generation don't see things in my light. They see it as a hindrance.

I am quite critical of them. I am sad that they don't appreciate having the older generation around.

Yet, am I being too critical?

I am the oldest of my generation, and in Chinese families that is a big deal. Perhaps going to see them is my responsibility. Perhaps subconsciously I feel the need to be the authoritarian in this situation.

Is it because I am an only child and all my cousins have at least one brother and/or sister?

I will probably never know, but I know that I won't regret anything when my grandparents hit the bucket.

Will they?


The Sara Duckling chronicles said...

Seize every moment you can to be close to your grandparents. My four grandparents all passed away. My maternal granny passed away in 2008. I still miss her terribly! i feel a bit of an orphan without her.
Grandparents are the best! Enjoy them as much as you can!

Enchanté said...

Thanks for the lovely comments. I try and see them as often as possible and dread the day that they will pass away.

Ivan Kavalera said...

Nice post..

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Pretty Pauline said...

This post blessed me tremendously. It wasn't until I was an adult and my grandparents were gone that I lamented not knowing all my Papaw's stories. He lived far away, and sadly my parents did not cultivate a relationship with him. I wish I knew then what I know now!

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