“l used to believe happy families are a gift from God, a privilege for a few. I was convinced I belonged to the unfortunate group, who can only see happy families from a distance. My husband was a dominant person. He would demand respect as a father and head of family by whatever means possible. Even if it meant we had to always jump to make him feel powerful, then that was good for him. There are several times when l wanted to suggest something as a wife, but all my suggestions were turned down. “Since when did married women start calling orders?’’ that was his response always.