Reading a book concerning memories of a childhood 'cursed' by a mother who wishes illness upon her daughter, makes me think of the Leo Tolstoy "Anna Karenina Principle", that of "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
The family in the book ("Sickened") is certainly an example of a very unhapy family and a family very much "unhappy in its own way". Certainly we hope there are not many other families experiencing this sort of unhappiness.
And, speaking of families: one of my sisters is gathering a group of little second cousins; children belonging to my nieces and nephews, to have a little get-together, as one family is arriving from UK and would like to meet with some of the (small) Australian. relatives.
There will be 11 children, ranging in age from 8 years down to about 8 months. Their names are: Scarlett, Oliver, Abraham, James, Alexander, Thomas, Oscar, Joshua, Charlotte, Henry and William. The eldest of the eleven is a girl and the only other girl is the youngest.
There are five other children in this extended family (a couple of them belonging to me) but they are bigger and busy with school. Their names are: Edward, Alexander (yes, another Alexander), Sam, Tom, and Daniel. And, yes, all boys.
These children are the great-grandchildren of my parents. How pleased and proud they would have been to have known them all!
Perhaps they are 'watching'?
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