Based on what I’ve been learning from the book “From Here to Here” – the book that my dear friend and spiritual sister Anita recommended for me – I’ve reached out to both my father and my mother in the hope that our differences might be reconciled.
The effort has been initially worth the effort. Based on my reach, both mom and dad have acknowledged that mistakes were made on both sides, and the door is open for future dialogue. I can’t say that every concern I had has been completely dealt with, but the animosity does seem to be less.
My wife did caution me not to let my mom run over me, but I told her that I never had any intention of allowing that to happen. Right now, I am just grateful that we can talk civilly to each other.