I have no blood relatives
February 9, 2013 5:45 AM Subscribe
What do I need to do to feel connected to people who don't have any "obligation" to be in the world with me?
posted by Vermillion to human relations (22 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I have no blood relatives, being an only child whose parents died when I was in my 20's. I have a great husband, but his family is not close, and we have no children. I make friends, but do not feel the closeness I think blood relatives must feel (for good or ill--I know a blood relative is not always the answer, but still....) I also am conscious of what I imagine the family members of friends think when I am included in their holidays or special occasions--why isn't she with her own family? People at work talk about their family tribulations, but I never can chime in, and they have no reason to ask. I want to love and be loved and accepted like a family member, but I know I will never have that feeling as I imagine it, so what to do to fit into this world of families?