My find this past week for Kim’s Friday Finds is this collage of our November. Who can think of November without thinking of family, friends…and FOOD! November brought cold temps, but warm hearts as we hosted Thanksgiving this year at our house for the clans on both sides of the family, plus a couple of friends who found themselves family-less for Thanksgiving. So I guess we were a framily this year. November also brought football weekends and our first skiff of snow. Twix turned 9 months old and Peanut continues to be six going on twelve-teen…as you can tell by the “attitude” photo in the collage. 🙂
Family. What does that mean to you? Nuclear? Extended? Close-knit? Estranged? Close-by? Miles apart? One thing is for sure, we usually take them for granted. We think they will always be there….exactly the same all the time. We gather during the holidays and sometimes it either brings out the best or the worst in the family dynamic. But we are what we are….good, bad and otherwise. Despite all our faults, we’re all in this together. And never is that more true than when rallying around a family member that needs support, help, comfort or guidance. May we never take anyone in our family for granted…and never pass up an opportunity to tell them how much we love them.
Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.
The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.
The lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation from the larger family unit. No two people — no mere father and mother — as I have often said, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself one in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has welded him into it before he was born.
~Pearl S. Buck
At the end of the day, a loving family should find everything forgivable.
~Mark V. Olsen and Will Sheffer, Big Love, “Easter”
So, before we dive head-first into Christmas, let’s pause and reflect a bit longer on our blessings, and give some more thanks for the people in our lives that mean the most.