Who is a 'relative'?
a person who is connected with another or others by blood or marriage.
I've found that there are relatives and there are relatives. Or so people say when they want to imply that some relatives are nice and others are not so nice.
The reality is that relatives often think that they know best. By virtue of the fact that they are a relative, they believe that their opinions are the only ones that count. They cannot see beyond that and refuse to consider any other option as being correct except theirs. This is a reality.
The reality is that relatives often want to be the first to hear news. They need to be the first to convey information they pick up, even when it's not true. This is a reality.
The reality is that relatives often cause more damage than good even if they have the best intentions. They are unable to see the big picture and only judge from one small vantage point but shout the loudest.
Fortunately, one negative relative can be neutralised by another positive relative.
Thankfully, the reality is that the good ones far outweigh the bad ones.
(all pics from photobucket)