Human relationships are truly strange. In some discussions today — my old time friend was visiting me from India and we were talking about all kind of things — much of the discussions was about relationships.
It is always puzzling to me that some people will behave very nicely with unknown and less known people. They are very nice to their friends and remote family members. But when it comes to close family members, they not only take them granted but also behave as if something really wrong has been done by them. They keep claiming love, but behave cruel to them.
How can this happen? One sees this kind of behaviour sometimes in movies, but when you see this in real life it does become more strange than in movies. What is more important is that one does not know how to deal with them.
In any case, it is very nice to meet a friend of about 50 years — it is difficult to imagine that you have known somebody for 50 years and have remained close while living on the other side of the globe for most of this time.