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  • When I was just a kid it seemed as though everything was going the way I would imagine a family would be like. We would have everyone who's birthday in March at our house and all the family would be there but that soon changed when my sisters and I suddenly grew up. I am now 18 years of age and I barely see any of my family on a daily basis. I've always asked my mom if I could invite them over for my birthday every year and in reply she would always tell me ''Don't gets your HOPES up!'' It brought my spirit down and I never did see our family the same since then.

    I have three closets families to me, My Uncle & his girls, My Auntie & her son & daughter & Another Uncle & his two sons & daughter.

    My Uncle who lives on the reservation with us is in a terrible mess, he just recently got into a car accident and its because he was drunk and the car he ran into didn't have their headlights turned on. He's mostly drunk after he gets off work so I can never really talk to him. One of his oldest daughter just had a baby and she was the one I was the closest too. After she found her man and had her baby, she started choosing him over my family and I. We helped her get all her baby clothes and necessary needs for her child and yet she doesn't appreciate us for all that we've done. When we were close we used to tell each other everything and that we'd never find ourselves a man on the reservation or have a baby from a guy in this town. We basically planned our love lives together and promised we would never leave one another for that nothing is the same!

    I love my Auntie to death! I love seeing her at the basketball games supporting her children and being there for them whenever. Her son, my younger sister & I were very close. He ended up going through a phase when he was in 8th grade and pushed away from my sister & I. For my Auntie's daughter, well she just grew up I guess and started hanging out with different people her own age. & with people who don't treat her right!

    For my other Uncle, he lives in Wyoming and its hard just to make a buck here on the reservation and thats why we never get to see him. Another reason why is because of his woman! She controls him and their children. Their eldest son, is everyone's favorite cousin down here on the reservation. Their next oldest isn't quite anybody's favorite but he is loved. He is quite cruel to his relatives and has real bad anger issues. This separates us from coming together at holidays because their mother favors their second oldest and she don't like that we favor their eldest over the second. She keeps my Uncle away and convinces him that we are mean and horrible people to his family and we don't treat them like they want to be treated! So she always keeps him in Wyoming and she's in charge of their phones so whenever they call us or she don't like that we try to convince our Uncle that we are nice and polite, she turns their phones off!

    Our people's families are being torn apart by these difficulties on the reservation. It's no ones fault that people are these way and push themselves away from their own family, it's just the way they were brought or what they experienced being brought up in that family.....there's no one to blame but ourselves!
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