Continuing the discussion from Delusional thinking on these boards:
My wife comes from a family that has happily contributed to overpopulation issues and clump up worse than kitty litter. This incessant visiting with each other is making me bonkers. Pixel.
With my 4 siblings… (some in-laws) my Dad’s many siblings… my Mom’s many siblings… (NO our last name is NOT Dugger) I get how overwhelming an overly large family can be… especially if the person they are with comes from a very small family.
My girlfriend comes from a small family… two parents… one older brother, one younger brother… that’s it… my overtly large family can get to her in a big way. (tsunami) (invading army) (murder of ravens)
I do feel that having such a large family has kept me from isolating… because it’s hard to isolate in a very large and interactive family… plus I don’t get lonely much. Even when I was at my worst… I had cousins who did interact with me.
I do feel that my brood of Aunts helped my Mom a lot. When my Mom HAD to go back to work… Many of my Aunt’s helped out…
But at the same time… when I have no energy… and I just can’t get the motivation for socialization… the party comes to me… then I have to be rude and send my Sis out to be the socialite while I hide in the garden.
I used hate coming from a large family… the constant drama… and visiting … and hive of activity…
But looking back… being born in to that constant level of forced interaction might have helped me out in the long run…
Good luck @MrSquirrel and I hope you can find a “car to tinker on” a project that “just can’t wait” an urgent “errand” that requires a long drive … (I usually go all the way across town and walk through the park to a Mom and Pop shop for Ice.)
I know they probably want to make you jump out of your skin… but Mini Pixel will have a good support system through life… (that appreciation usually comes after eye rolling teen years)
Good luck with the large family.