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View Poll Results: Your birth parents are/were...?
Married 73 54.89%
Separated 7 5.26%
Divorced 48 36.09%
Never married 10 7.52%
Deceased 13 9.77%
Unknown 5 3.76%
Other 4 3.01%
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:43 PM   #51 (permalink)
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I am 37 and both are dead from colon cancer (dad) and pancreatic cancer (mom).

I have rolled snake eyes in the genetic game of craps.
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Old 01-10-2008, 11:08 PM   #52 (permalink)
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I think going through my parents divorce at age 17 made me realize many things about what is needed in a "good" relationship, it has however made me skeptical of sometimes very minor issues and I make them bigger problems than they really are. Pisses me off.
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Old 01-10-2008, 11:09 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Parents divorced right before I left for college, Dad remarried 6 months later.

He was finally happy, but I was bitter and didn't speak to him for over 2 years. We got reacquainted and developed a great relationship, especially once I had kids of my own.

He died of kidney cancer last fall.

Lessons learned: life's too short to be unhappy, and don't take the people you love for granted.
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Old 01-10-2008, 11:23 PM   #54 (permalink)
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My parents are still married. For a long time I did not like them. Then I had kids. I still dont agree with things that they did, but now I understand that kids dont come with a manual. When I went thru rough times with my wife, and we were apart for 2 years, my parents helped me any way they could. For the most part they were great parents. Supportive and loving. Sometimes they could be my worst enemy. I learned to filter out a lot of things I did not need, and explain to them when they overstepped the lines I tried to make clear. We are still on great terms. As a matter of fact, they are coming over for dinner tomorrow night. They will always be my parents, but they are people as well.
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Old 01-10-2008, 11:36 PM   #55 (permalink)
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I'm sorry DaHonay.

This is why I am afraid of the whole falling in love thing. What if my choice is wrong? What if he doesn't love me back? That's why, in a relationship, I know better then to say "I love you" first. A lot of you will probably think that is stupid but its just a huge fear of mine.
She's actually quite well recovered and her childhood made her the strong person she is now- hard to argue with the results. She is freaking Rock Solid!

As far as my psychological advice for you (though I have absolutely no credentials for this...) open up. Good things can't happen unless you let them.

As for me- I was absolutely NOT assholeish. She is a lying bitch who will never accept the truth. (Tee hee!)
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:10 AM   #56 (permalink)
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My parents are starting to get used to the empty nest after the youngest of us finally moved out. I'm not sure I want a relationship like theirs, but they made it through some pretty rough times and seem to be relatively happy.

Wish my Dad would have been this mellow when I was growing up, but maybe I was half the problem, being "about as useless as tits on a boar" as I was when it came to farming...
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:37 AM   #57 (permalink)
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I think going through my parents divorce at age 17 made me realize many things about what is needed in a "good" relationship, it has however made me skeptical of sometimes very minor issues and I make them bigger problems than they really are. Pisses me off.
HALLELUIAH!

I am exactly the same! I have been so skeptical to the point where I will blow things out of proportion and end a relationship over my own insecurities. In fact, I have never once in my life been broken up with. I've always, every single time, done the breaking up.
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:38 AM   #58 (permalink)
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I left my family behind about ten years ago. They don't know where I am, I don't care where they are. Don't know if my parents are alive or dead.
I respect your decision. I assume you have good reason, but I'm just wondering if there's every any regret there? I mean, do you ever think about them or anything?
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Old 01-11-2008, 02:31 AM   #59 (permalink)
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I left my family behind about ten years ago. They don't know where I am, I don't care where they are. Don't know if my parents are alive or dead.
I definitely want to know the story behind that. When I was a kid, I always wanted to leave like that, but It didn't work out that way, or at least it hasn't yet.
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