Dear Abby: When I was a child, my parents skipped my elementary school graduation. For that matter, everyone did. My grandfather had just died, so Mom was mourning his loss. Fast-forward a few years — nobody attended my junior high graduation, either. Granted, Mom had a couple of stitches in her nose because my brother had accidentally hit her with a golf club the week before.
Well, my younger siblings just graduated from elementary school, and my parents have again skipped the event due to their work schedules. A mix of emotions is resurfacing for me. I’m angry and frustrated. I’m 26 now, and a long time has passed since they disappointed me, but I guess I haven’t ever truly forgiven them for missing those events. After all, these are once-in-a-lifetime milestones for a child, right?