Let’s face it, our families are some of the most influential people in our lives. Depending on who shares our DNA, this can be a blessing or a curse. Most of the time, it is a blessing though. Keep in mind that “perfect families” do not exist. Our family, in most cases, will be there for us no matter what. We don’t have to worry about them deserting us. They know us better than anyone else in this world.
That does not mean that they understand everything. They are not going to accept and understand everything that you do. They are going to be there when you do something stupid and they will most likely end up forgiving you. The truth is, that our parents are usually the closest thing we can find to God in human form in the way they are willing to forgive us and show us unconditional love. I know this is the case with me. I could not ask for better parents. They have seen me through a lot of stupid things that i have done through the years and they have always stood behind me no matter what.
That does not mean they were easy on me. They always insisted that I do my best, and they were not afraid to get after me when I messed up, but I always knew that deep down, they had my best interests in mind.
I have found that since I have left the friendly confines of Waterloo, IA, I am so thankful for the values that my parents have instilled in me. I would not be the person I am today if it was not for them. I will always cherish them as people and will always be so thankful for the love they have shown me and all the things they have sacrificed to make me who I am today.
On that note, we are going to have a little fun today. We all know that we all feel this way down deep, but at the same time, we are quick to think our families are very ”crazy” at times. Now it is time to find out how “crazy”they really are.
Here is a short quiz you can take to see if they really are crazy:
The Crazy Family Quiz
When you ask your mom if you should fly home for her birthday, she…
a) tells you not to come and means it.
b) tells you not to come, but wants you to beg her to let you come.
c) says that you’re probably happy she’s a year closer to death.
When you ask your dad for money, he…
a) says yes or no and explains his reasons without getting angry.
b) gives you the money, but lectures you for 10 minutes on your lack of responsibility.
c) suggests selling one of your kidneys on the black market.
When you tell your sister about your stressful week, she…
a) listens with empathy.
b) tells you about how her week was worse, though it’s not even close.
c) asks why you sound so mad, hangs up the phone, then calls back in tears to apologize five minutes later.
When you tell your brother you got into medical school, he…
a) congratulates you.
b) reminds you that it will be 10 years before you’re a “real”doctor.
c) asks if you can steal some drugs for him.
Scoring: Give yourself 0 points for every a) answer, 1 point for every b) answer, and 2 points for every c) answer.
0-2: Your family is so healthy that your friends probably want to join.
3-4: Your family is garden-variety annoying, but probably not crazy.
5-8: Ouch! Sorry.
For the record, my family scored a 2 which was kind of surprising to me.
Please note that this quiz is in no way a scientific quiz. If you are really curious, mental health professionals have real tests you can take to get a more accurate account.
I hope you enjoyed this fun quiz. Please take the quiz and share your total score with the group.