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i loved the book and so did my DH. my husband grew up with an unstable mother and a fairly unstable early life. his mom bought whiskey for him at age 11 just because he asked! but she was also n artist and bestowed upon him a love for beautiful things. his father was an alcoholic and i think dh and his sibling experienced a great deal of troubles, abuse and neglect in their childhood. but his father has recovered and is now happy and i think healthy and they have a good relationship. so recovery from these family dynamics is possible for some.

my DH has become educated, financially successful, funny and intelligent in so many ways. his sister is also college educated (though in debt still for this) and has her own successful bussiness as an artist. they made it through, perhaps due to their intelligence, social skills and also maybe in part they were able to become successful because they knew the other side of life, the darker side. i knwo lots of folks who had what seems like decent childhoods and then they go on to have serious troubles and life-altering problems as adults. it doesn't seem that there is a formula for making a good, successful, healthy person.
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my DH has become educated, financially successful, funny and intelligent in so many ways. his sister is also college educated (though in debt still for this) and has her own successful bussiness as an artist. they made it through, perhaps due to their intelligence, social skills and also maybe in part they were able to become successful because they knew the other side of life, the darker side. i knwo lots of folks who had what seems like decent childhoods and then they go on to have serious troubles and life-altering problems as adults. it doesn't seem that there is a formula for making a good, successful, healthy person.
So well put!

No, there doesn't seem to be a formula, other than personal determination with some amount of luck, here and there.

I had a childhood much like your husband's. I made it out, became educated and successful. But most of my siblings, for the most part, did not.
post #43 of 44
I read this book a while back and really enjoyed it. It turned me on to memoirs.
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I'm so glad this thread is still alive. I'm still thinking about this book from time to time. I would like to teach my son to swim and just remembered how jeannette's father was throwing her in the water over and over until she swam. That's crazy! Although i did hear people learn to swim like that really fast.
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