After I read this writing prompt, I had to take my dog, Faulkner, for a walk.  I tried every which way to find a family member I disliked.  I have family members who I am sorely disappointed with, I have family who have done things that I have disliked, but not one I dislike.

I have cousins I never see or have contact with who I think about.  I dislike that I have never kept in contact with them.  In fact I may reach out to them as a result of this writing prompt.

As I walked my dog I thought of all the family issues I have had.  After my first wife died my in laws turned on me bug time.  Then my sons stopped talking with me.  Then it hit me.  I dislike my ex-wife.

Two things made me chuckle.  First I do not consider her family.  Secondly, I have never thought about her.  Not even a nightmare.

This dislike deserves an explanation, possibly a reason, maybe an excuse.  She is a religious hypocrite.  She has no honor, no moral compass save the one she uses to locate Satan himself.  (I’m not bitter).

Yes, you can easily say it was me or the combination thereof that brought about this sulfur smell.  But what she took in the name of God is unforgivable.  Yes, thanks for reminding me that I have a dislike.

That was another lifetime.  I have moved on to a better place.  I have come to grips with the relationships she destroyed.  But as per family there are no dislikes.  In fact, I can’t think of a person I have met that I dislike.  Each one has a unique story that I can write about.

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