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Family: A Word Often Misunderstood

Updated on June 20, 2017

From beginning, I was Mother and Wife

And gave of myself remarkably

I was a Daughter, a Sister, An Aunt, A Friend to others


I've paid and paid and done without

So others could whatever they were about

As I was going through my memory bank

It appears to me

I have given and given and nary a thanks


And that, of course, no difference made

As I have grown older and raised my Children, my responsibilities

I realized now is the time for me

So forgive me if I don't rush to lend a hand as I used to do

or join forces to fight yet another great cause


Forgive me if I don't pick up the phone

or call to intone

Birthday and Holiday and special events

I find that I'm really quite done with the job of being World Bank

A real vacation I would like whereby

I'm not shopping and giving and having to think


I want to be pampered and maybe even

Appreciated for just being me no token, no gifts required of me

The Girl who never had a Birthday wish

except, my Husband, Children,

An Aunt and a Niece that never forgets

Is quite frankly tired


To those Family members to whom I have given

Who choose not to remember but

turn around and sully my name with lies for good measure

Thank you for aiding in my thought of self-seeking pleasure



Written in 2012, feeling sorry for myself I was again confined to bed after surgery. It was my birthday taking stock of my Life then. None of the People I did for purchased gifts to had even the slightest empathy nor respect to call to wish me Happy Birthday, not even on Facebook. Yet Year after Year they expected it of me. That Year, I decided I had quite enough.


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    • Juliet Stewart profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliet Stewart-Austin 

      17 months ago from San Antonio, TX.

      junko, how are you? Thank you, yes my Children are very kind and loving Adults couldn't ask for better. How is the Mrs.?

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      junko 

      17 months ago

      Sounds like back until atlease 2012 and I hope you are still blessed to be a blessing to to your relatives. It sounds like your family life is good and you are proud of your children. Your life and deeds are and were known even if not acknowledged to you they spoke among themselves and you were rewarded.

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