Always Grateful for My Family
Debbie Reynolds is hosting the 10 Day Thanksgiving Post Challenge, and I hope that she does this again next year!
We are all molded and shaped, influenced and sometimes intimidated by our families. For the most part, and whether we like it or not, we are who we are (or who we aren’t) because of our experience and exposure to our families.
|My niece's wedding several years ago. This is just a small part of my family!|
I am so grateful that I was born into my family. I was born in Houston and when I say family, it includes (besides my parents and brother), my grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, as well as an extended family that grew every year.
We had Sunday afternoon lunches where having 15+ for dinner was the norm. Anyone and everyone was always welcomed. And like many families, when we gathered everyone talked at once.
My Aunt Berda, my mother’s older sister, would take us everywhere. Her husband said she didn’t have just 3 children, she had 8, which included all of her nieces and my brother.
My uncle had the patience to teach me to drive. After Sunday lunch he would grab the car keys and shout “Who wants to go for a drive?” We would all pile in the car and head out. To this day, all Larry has to do is grab the car keys, and I’m there with my purse, ready to go.
One set of cousins lived 4 blocks from us. I will always remember the time I spent the night and my older cousin, Candy, made me stay up until we heard Frankie Avalon sing Venus on the radio. (we were up until 2 am!)
|My nieces...My brother with his grandchildren....part of the family visits Florida|
My uncle and aunt were famous for their Mahjong parties, especially on New Year’s Eve. There were often 5 or 6 tables going while we kids ran around eating everything in sight and driving everyone crazy.
On several occasions, my aunt’s guest was the Chinese consulate. (I can’t remember his title) He would entertain us with all sorts of old scary stories. I can’t remember them specifically but I wonder if our parents ever figured out why none of us could sleep that night!
From my family, I learned that family isn’t just determined by blood or marriage.
Most of all, what I learned from my family is that this is what I want in a family wherever I am. I found mine in my extended family that I have in Florida.
And, it is the environment I have tried to create in my own life, no matter where I live. Come one, come all, you are invited to be a part of my family.