The reason mom and dad never appear in my stories about being a kid? They weren't watching us play. I was half playing and half making sure me and my siblings didn't kill ourselves. Dad was at work; Mom only pulled out of the world in her head/ soap operas if we interrupted her.
There are two sides. I am aware of this. I think MamaGrok said what should be done best, but we really didn't get that half the time. I'm honestly not sure what to think of my parents and my childhood anymore. The more I read of.... not going there, that's not a subject for this thread.
I apologize if I hurt you, gravyboat and Q and anyone else in that boat. It was truly unintentional.