January (and February for me) is a time for looking back at the prior year, our wins and losses. Favorite Episodes is a way for me to look back at what I’ve written in 2015 that was well received by my readers while diving into my blog stats and editorial calendar. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting little or no new original content. Instead I am reblogging some of my most popular posts from 2015 and developing a Favorite Episodes Season Three page in the process.
Today would have been my father’s 84th birthday had he not passed away suddenly at the age of 66 from an aneurysm in his stomach. To say my relationship with my father was and is complicated would be an understatement. But then again, aren’t all relationships complicated? I think our relationship was more complicated than most because I was his favorite daughter and sometimes we disappointed each other.
In our family, there has always been a joke about who is Mom or Dad’s favorite child. Four daughters all vying for our parents’ attention; each of us has a different take on things. My oldest sister believes she was Dad’s favorite well because she was first and she was so wonderful my parents had three more daughters trying to repeat their miracle. My youngest sister thinks she is everyone’s favorite (which she kind of is; she is the baby and we all, well almost all of us, spoiled her) and that Mom and Dad kept trying and trying until they hit perfection, stopping when they had her. I think she views her three older sisters as failed prototypes.