Silly Sister

by Cheryl
(Vancouver, Canada)

I may not have the right to complain and always feel as if I am in the wrong. I am so tired. I can't stop feeling the need to oversee and ensure that my elderly stepfather is okay.


My younger brother and his wife have really stepped up lately, but I still can't find any peace of mind. We aren't really a close family and lean slightly toward introversion, but my stepfather and my sister - in - law are much more outgoing.

I am retired and have been trying to pursue an interest in art. My relatives travel and are away all winter, so I am left alone organizing and helping my stepfather who is frail and almost immobile.

I can't afford to travel and live the closest to him. I know he doesn't want to be a burden and I feel guilty for never really wanting to keep him company. The situation just sucks the life out of me.

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