3 thoughts on “What About the WHITE Sheep in the Family? Showing Your True Colours

  • May 21, 2011 at 7:56 am

    well, i’m the black sheep …but not really. I tell people that the idea of “black sheep of the family” works on the supposition that all the family members are sheep. If we hold that supposition as true, then i am not the black sheep of my family … i am an emu. I bear little in common with them save DNA.

    • May 23, 2011 at 12:26 am

      What a brilliant way of capturing that sense of difference, Geralyn… bring on the emu!

      It reminds me a bit of the ‘ugly duckling’ fable – growing up amid those from seemingly other species … who don’t always (or maybe can’t) ‘get’ the unique beauty that each of us brings.

      And maybe it’s also about finding one’s own ‘tribe’ or fledgling emu friends… finding family, no matter which part of the farm they come from… ‘black’, ‘white’ or ‘brindle’…

    • September 14, 2012 at 12:13 am

      Wow! My younger brother and I even joked about his being the “golden boy” once upon a time when I was apart of the family…Shunning allows much time for reflection. Having reflected on my brother’s golden hue, I have often wondered why he never truly struck out on his own outside of my parent’s reach. He works the business they built. Now they are all interdependent. From his being the white sheep my tarnished hue led me to independence ~a reclamation of my SELF beyond their labels. I now wonder what my brother has denied in himself to live the life he lives. I can love him from a distance wishing him and his family health/happiness/love/joy!
      I am thriving in my own skin!


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