"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has!" -- Margaret Meade
I learned that my sister was dying amidst an array of family conflicts that led to my severely restricting communication with both of my parents. My general rule with my dad was that I would speak with him only about my sister. With my mom, the boundary was different. But similar.
I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I chose research over clinical practice, but my dad still teases me about being a “shrink.” Trust he means well. He always means well.