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"I'll never be like my mother/father."

by accidentaltourist on May 28, 2013   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr

Dean's recent post reminded me of this, but it's a thought we all have, I think. We see traits in our parents that we vow to NEVER repeat. The way they relate to their spouses, the way they treat their children, even the way they behave in public, with waiters, salesmen, etc. We promise ourselves we will NEVER be that person.

But Dean's fear in the dark of night is very real...even if we can acknowledge those traits as undesirable, and express our intent to avoid them, they can be inherent and insidious.

I watched my mother become a doormat, over and over, and vowed, "Never!"...and yet I find myself cleaning the boot tracks from my own back more often than I would like.

Sobering thought, indeed.


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