Blood Ties Are Thin...I am the only surviving child of my mother . My two sisters died at birth in 1981 and 1987 respectively. Their father adopted me when I was three, so I call him "Dad".
Mum and Dad moved to a semi-rural town two states away in 2001 and I can't afford to see them often.
My birth father was a convicted criminal and has a new family.
My paternal aunts and uncles are completely absent from my life since the death of Dad's mum in 1994 by their choice. It makes me sad, but my second cousin is in touch. My maternal aunt is controlling. I only really have my severely depressed grandfather but he can not drive so visits are rare. I feel very lonely.
I make my own family now.