The Meaning of Family
It was my grandmother, a woman known as “Mom,” who first taught me the meaning of family. A widower since her youngest twins were just shy of eleven, she asked her seven children to gather after World War II to celebrate the safe return of her sons. It became tradition, an annual event to honor and emphasize the importance of family.
Hugs. Barbecued hamburgers. Sun tea. Piñatas. Disagreements. Swimming. Snap peas. Enchiladas. Laughter. Tears. Warm kisses.
Sixty-six years later and long after “Mom,” five of her children, and a handful of grandchildren have left this earth, her family still gathers every summer. Celebrating family . . . the good . . . the bad . . . the essential thread of connection.
The good. The bad. The essential thread of connection.
7/3/2013 06:59:25 am
This is so true, Mary. The pictures are very fitting with your words.
7/3/2013 08:45:56 am
What a beautiful tribute to family! In a few words you say so much.
7/3/2013 08:58:03 am
Also there was the trampoline, ping-pong tournaments, harvesting Mom's garden, climbing Buzzard's Roost, fishing with Uncle John, shooting at the river with Uncle John, swimming at Shannon or at the gravel pit, the 24/7 bridge games, and for us younger generation, the 24/7 spades card game.
7/10/2013 01:03:05 pm
Sigh, well said. So enjoyed the thoughts and pictures.
7/11/2013 03:39:33 pm
We are so fortunate! I don't know of many families whose cousins are as tightly knit as ours. Thanks, Mom, and thanks for summing up our memories so nicely, Mary:)
2/17/2014 09:14:21 am
Mary GOD has given you a beautiful soul today as speech therapy read your Blog aloud as I am unable to talk and basic motor skills almost gone Thank you with love Aunt Ev
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