It is baffling how family can be so unaware of their lack of support. Then they choose to create a happy family through their reunions I suppose. I am sure that I would not appear either...
Last year when my sister invited me to my niece's wedding, they did nothing to really encourage me. If I could find someone to care for dad (at our expense) that would great (ha, ha, ha). I had no intention of even trying to go... But you can bet we had to sit through all the wedding photos which was like rubbing salt in the wound.
Anyhow, Patty, I think you were right to stay away. Perhaps, in time, you will be up to dealing with them all... In the meantime, be gentle with yourself.
Love and Hugs from Glenda
[This message has been edited by glenderella (edited 07-20-2006).]