The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. This article was published more than 3 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. After graduating university, I moved in with my parents and year-old sister. Two months later, I got a great job that required me to move out again.
‘My sister turned out to be my mum’
Finding out that my sister is actually my mother has shattered me
FOR a time, as a child, I considered my family situation quite unique, and an endless source of pride. If I could have articulated such a thing, I might even have said that it felt like my life, before the truth came out, had been some sort of elaborate undercover operation; that we were assumed identities on a witness protection programme or something, dad striking a Cary Grant figure, and my mother…. Much later, I learned that Jack Nicholson found out the same thing about his 'sister', the same year I found out about mine. It was , only he was 37, and just finished Chinatown when a reporter from Time magazine broke the news. I was seven, a yo-yo immigrant from Los Angeles, having been moved to Ireland sometime after the Manson murders, drifted back, and then returned to Ireland again for good. That's when my sister showed up out of the blue and told me the whole thing before her suitcases even hit the hall floor.
'I grew up knowing I was my mother's least favourite child'
Please refresh the page and retry. I t was well past midnight. But Emma Swanston was hunched over her computer in her dressing grown in the dark, shivering not from cold, but from shock. That afternoon, she had had a vitriolic row with her mother Pauline over her continued snipes at the way she brought up her two sons.
Sharing personal information brings people closer together. Verified by Psychology Today. Tech Support. As the daughter of an unloving and often cruel mother and an only child for the first nine years of my life, I had two major fantasies. My fantasies notwithstanding, the truth is that sibling relationships are complicated under the best of circumstances, even in loving families, and when you add an unloving mother into the mix, there are many variations on the theme, most decidedly not pretty.