It was recently Father’s Day in Australia, which for me, is possibly the the equal worst day of the year. For those of us who’s parents are or were abusive, it is not a great day. It actually hurts when the loving relationships are so publicly highlighted as if all relationships between children and parents or siblings are happy and loving.
Of course, many of the special family celebrations which the media highlight are wonderful and positive experiences for those celebarting them, but often, they are really painful for many of us as well.
I find these highly publicly celebrated occasions so painful and sad I would prefer to hide in a cave until they are over.
Many of my friends feel equally but differently sad as they mourn the loss of a parent they loved on these days, and who did not abuse them.
It’s tough on both sides of this particular fence. The difference for them, is they remember and mourn the love they had.
For the rest of us, we remember the abuse, and this is the unexpected consequences one of public marketing campaigns like this.