I just spent the past two weeks traveling (and so I send out apologies to my special friends who find me here on a more regular basis). It was time to visit my family and take part in the love fest that makes life more worthwhile when you get a big dose of those family ties all at once. I was blessed beyond measure to see my three children, who wrapped me in moments to treasure as we celebrated birthdays, played board games, badminton, and cooked great dinners together. One gift after another without discounts or coupons. Simply an incredible sharing and a reminder of all it means to be family, to be a mom of incredible children.
From Ohio, I drove on to New York to see my parents and my sisters and slipped into the hillsides of my roots and be reminded of the gift it is to be someone’s child again. It’s incredible to see my parents who have been an awesome example, married for over 65 years, still dancing, still enjoying life and still holding hands. Of course, mom’s strawberry shortcake tops the list of great things.
We all attended the wedding of my niece as well and nothing does my heart more good than being on the dance floor, laughing, enjoying the moments, and shaking our booty with my parents and my three sisters. The Sister Sledge song that The Pointer Sisters also made really famous came back to mind. We Are Family! You may remember the song says in part, “We are family, I got all my sisters with me, We are family. Get up everybody and sing…
Living life is fun and we’ve just begun
To get our share of the world’s delights
High hopes we have for the future
And our goal’s in sight
No we don’t get depressed
Here’s what we call our golden rule
Have faith in you and the things you do
You won’t go wrong, oh no
This is our family Jewel, yeah.”
In our family, this is indeed our “jewel” the chance to remember all that we have, all that we share, all that we mean to each other. When I think about this part of my family, all of it, my parents, my sisters, my children, I can’t help thanking God for the way He structures this life for us. He knows that nothing makes life better than the nurturing and the love and the benefits we get from good families. Those of us who have them cannot count the blessings.
As the gypsy woman in my family, the one who has moved to more addresses than most people have visited, I can only say that I’m always better after I’ve taken some time to re-root myself, to nourish my soul and my spirit in the arms of the people who may not always know me best, but who love me always. I’m able then to go back into the world, create family out of neighbors and friends, and breathe more fully.
As I get back to work, back to my own routines, I simply want to bring honor to each member of my family for always giving me a place to call “home.” Because of you, this is one incredible world.
Blessings to my family and to yours today.