Breeds of Misery: Family estrangement, loneliness, Christmas without sleigh bells

Best/worst lines: "I haven't heard you call me sister, I haven't heard it said in years. But it's a funny thing now it's the only thing I want to hear...I understand that you are angry. Well, maybe I am angry too. 'Cause I still love you brother, but I don't know what to make of you...Now do you sit by your plastic tree, and tell your friends you've no family?"

Man, this one kills me, perhaps because I imagine at least one of my sisters saying these exact things about me. I want to call her, to say I love her, and to tell her I no longer understand her any more than she understands me. But know this, sister: I wish you well. And I love you too.

AuthorJohn Proctor