The world feels a bit in shambles at the moment. I can’t turn on the news or open up a web site without being blasted with depressing, nerve-wracking or infuriating images or statements.
I’m torn between crawling in a hole for several months (years?) or climbing to the top of a mountain with a bullhorn, shouting “KNOCK IT OFF EVERYONE” at the top of my lungs.
It’s a tough time. Here we are entering the season of gratitude and celebration and I’m at a loss. In my small, little bubble, things are good. Sure we’ve had a few bumps in the road, but we’re happy, healthy (minus a few colds) and have a warm bed to sleep in.
I am all too aware that not everyone can say that.
So what do I fall back on when I feel down and out? What do I focus on when all seems lost and hopeless?
This is my family. Not my whole family of course, but almost everyone on my mother’s side. We spent the weekend in Virginia celebrating my grandfather’s 90th birthday.
It was a glorious, chaotic, magical time.
At almost 38 years old, I am quite aware of how lucky I am to still have living grandparents. My children aren’t just aware of their great-grandparents; they KNOW them. They’ve been able to spend time with them.
This weekend my children had uncles, aunts, cousins and friends surround them in love. We told stories, sang songs, laughed and may have even teared up a few times. It was simply amazing, exactly what my soul needed.
I’ve always cherished my family, but the older I get, the more I cling to them. When the rest of the world seems to be falling apart, I know I can rely on my family. We’re not perfect, but no one really wants perfect. We’re all perfectly blemished. They can’t fix everything but knowing that I have them by my side makes everything seem a little bit rosier, a little bit sunnier.
My grandparents created this little segment of family. They’ve passed down their virtues, morals and helped guide us all along the way. They don’t always agree with our choices, but they’ve never let their love waver.
And that is what family is all about.