I think all of us have unique, yet in some ways, what we might see as similar childhood events that helped lead us to where we are today. Although I’m not sure focusing on the few similarities will be all that beneficial. And part of this comes from what we remember from our childhood and even more so, what we’ve forgotten.
I’ve thought about the memories I’ve already shared here, but I have to believe based on what little I remember that there had to have been lots more thoughts and perhaps actions that I took that are now lost in time. I haven’t yet mentioned, but I will now, that my father died in an accident when I was about 4 1/2. At that time I had an older brother and an infant brother. I have to wonder if I was at an age where I could have provided some of the affection my widowed mother may have wanted which might have assisted in the forming of my desires. Yet, I’ve also been made aware that my father (besides being very interested in things often at the era associated with alternate lifestyles) had at least two single close male friends that my mother later confided in me were probably living alternative lifestyles. And my father’s close ancestors did seem to have a proclivity to not ever marrying (his grandfather was 1 of 2 siblings of a total of 8 that did marry!). I have a picture of my grandfather from college where he was heavily involved in the theater group (not that that means anything), but when the college has articles about the history of that group, they tend to use that picture of him in costume, in a minor role, even – one that even F1nnster might enjoy (iykwIm)
So you can see that one not trying too hard, could easily deduce that there were nature influences or alternatively nurture influences on me – take your pick – depending on one’s own attitudes towards whatever we are.