I wanted to know if anyone else here can relate to my situation. Both of my parents are blue collar workers. Neither finished college, but are extremely hard workers and have given me a lot of privileges. Growing up, I never felt a disconnect because I lacked certain knowledge that I know have.
At age 18, I’ve become more aware of how hard it is to have intellectual conversations with my parents. Neither are dumb, and I would even venture to say that my mother is intelligent. Regardless, I’ve began realizing how my father is so bad at articulating himself or engaging in arguments. He just is very oblivious to obvious things, and is easily manipulated into believing something that has many holes. He watched the dumbest things I’ve ever seen (he’s particularly a fan of remote controlled robot boxing). I now never find myself having an actual conversation with him about anything because he simply doesn’t have the knowledge to hold one. He’s just extremely simple minded.
It’s very frustrating. I know I should have a closer relationship with him, but I genuinely struggle to find common ground.