“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Thus begins Anna Karenina with one of Tolstoy’s most famous lines. Ignoring what I know of the rest of Tolstoy’s work, it makes me think that perhaps all families are different, and thus each must be unhappy in its own way.
But thinking of every family as unhappy in its own way is depressing, even if true to some extent.
So I contemplate the flip side. What if we are all striving for the same thing in familial happiness? We may think that our dreams look so very different (you with your exec husband and large summer house on the beach and me with my little garden and husband who is always home for dinner) but perhaps they are the same to the extent that they actually make us happy.
What does a happy family look like to you?
- I am thankful 8/1/2010
- I am thankful 8/8/2010