To the outside observer, I had a fairly dysfunctional childhood. My parents went through a bitter divorce when I was very young and that created a lot of disruption. And yet, when I think back, my memories of growing up are almost all happy ones.
How can that be? I think it has a lot to do with the stories we shared. The family narrative, suggests the research, gives kids a sense of belonging and a feeling of being part of something larger than themselves. And so, a child who has these stories to draw on, again and again, sees himself as part of a strong family unit.
Even if times were tough when he was a kid, a child with family mythology will perceive himself as happier and go on to be more resilient and self-reliant. I suppose, even though my siblings and I went through so many hard times as kids, the oscillating narrative is the reason I feel like we have such a strong family: We struggled. Sometimes we had it rough and sometimes we still do. In between the hardship, there was a lot of laughter, and a lot of joy.
We all grew up to be functional, loving adults. Instead of glossing over hard times, I talk frankly with my children about how much we struggled when our family was very young. I also want them to understand that, when the going gets tough, better times are usually waiting around the corner if they can stick it out and keep on swimming.
I admit that sometimes I get tired of answering the same questions about our heritage over and over. A rich Catholic rancher wants his four sons to become priests, while the boys themselves have other plans; a bereaved mother explains her daughter's life to the man who killed her; three daughters meet up around their father's coffin for the first time in ten years; a middle-aged couple meet by chance on a cruise-ship and wonder if they were once young lovers.
The result is a picture of contemporary Mexico seen through a violently fragmented narrative, not unlike the internationally successful film Amores Perros. These and other tales add up to a powerful indictment of the unhappiness caused by family life The stories overflow with the kind of insights that only maturity brings.
They are also painfully topical Happy Families is Fuentes's twisted lullaby. Skip to main content. Happy Families Books. See all.
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Various titles by Allan Ahlberg and printed by Puffin. Mr Biff and Mr Bop are boxers and deadly rivals too. Mr Bop is fit and lean and Mr Biff.
Well, Mr Biff likes a cream cake or two. Janet and Allan Ahlberg's Happy Families series is full of wonderful and funny books, perfect for children learning to read. Titles are: -. Inside contents are in good condition unless otherwise stated.
Miss Dirt the Dustman's Daughter dated Mr Biff the Boxer. Mr Creep the Crook.
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Mrs Lather's Laundry. Miss Brick the Builder's Baby. All books are unique no repeats. Condition; Excellent condition. Mrs Lather is getting quite worked up in her laundry. She hates washing socks, she hates washing vests, she really doesn't much like washing trousers or dresses either. Mrs Lather's Laundry Happy Families. A Tuck Book. Happy Families. Book Size: Paperback Book. Books will be free of page markings. Edition: Reprinted Edition List Price: -.
Authors : Allan Ahlberg.