As we enter into Fall and face the Holidays ahead, family is heavy on my mind. Our family is spread all over and it is getting more difficult to get everyone together in one place. I try to keep in mind those that struggle with family, or don’t have one. I imagine it can be painful for them over the holidays. Maybe we should all invite someone who doesn’t have family into our family circle this year and make them feel loved and welcomed.
My family and extended family is very important to me. I know that my children, although they grew up in the same environment, they are as different as night and day. As they approach their late 20’s and my oldest his early 40’s, I cherish their individual characters, diverse values and mindsets. Each has a distinct set of life priorities and is living out their lives in various ways.
When the occasion calls for a reunion, such as a birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter, grievances and complaints are cast aside. Their differences melt into saw dust. They are happy to come together, reveling in family ties and history. The memories of the old a common thread. With laughter and merry-making aplenty, cherishing the limited time together, each member basking in unbreakable bonds of kinship, before each departing back to own life.
A few weeks ago I was blessed to have my whole immediate family (even my ex-husband) here in Urbana to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate my oldest son’s birthday. We went to the Ohio Shrimp and Fish Festival (http://fwfarms.com/festival/ ) and enjoyed some awesome Fish & Chips and wonderful music. After that we headed over the National Tractor Pulling Association’s Enderle Pull Off (http://enderlepulloff.com/enderle/ ) at the Urbana Fairgrounds. What an absolute joy it was to have everyone here. It made me appreciate them all even more.
So, as we enter into the Fall season and the beginning of the traditional family gatherings for Thanksgiving and Christmas, let us rejoice in the family that we have and be blessed by them. I am reminded of the famous line on families of our beloved Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire: “There are all sorts of different families, Katie. Some families have one mommy; some families have one daddy, or two families. And some children live with their uncle or aunt. Some live with their grandparents, and some children live with foster parents. And some live in separate homes, in separate neighborhoods, in different areas of the country - and they may not see each other for days, or weeks, months... even years at a time. But if there's love, dear... those are the ties that bind, and you'll have a family in your heart, forever.” Mend your differences, forgive those that have offended you and just love them. Trust me, the Peace you will feel for doing so, is worth swallowing your pride for. Happy Fall Y’all!