Advice for Black Sheep... and Their Families

Traveling home during the holidays can make family tensions even worse

Monday, November 22, 2010

It’s Thanksgiving week and the start of the holiday season. While the holidays can be a great time for getting together with the family, it can also be a time that’s fraught with tension for those people who no longer fit in at home (if, indeed, they ever did). Are you a "black sheep" ? Or do you have one in your family? 

As advice columnist for the Washington PostCarolyn Hax hears from plenty of people who consider themselves the 'black sheep' of their family. She shares her holiday survival guide with us.


Carolyn Hax

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer and Elizabeth Ross

Comments [1]

Phil Lindsay from Boston

Just so you really know how Black sheep can to be a derogatory term. White wool is inherently much more valuable than black wool as it can be dyed any color while black wool can be dyed but the range of colors is limited. Hence when the Merino sheep was being developed in Spain and sheep breeding was growing in England, sheep were selected for their white wool attributes. Black wool is a recessive gene though so it can't be eliminated.There is good news for black sheep in the western mountain states and often in Australia. Black sheep were/are used as counting devices. Flocks would have 1 black sheep per every hundred sheep so all the shepherd would have to do to count the flock is count the black sheep. So they can be useful. Phil Lindsay, President of R.H. Lindsay Wool Merchants. Boston, MA

Nov. 22 2010 08:09 AM

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