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?
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?