So Grateful for Family, Friends, and Texans
While I am always grateful for my family and friends, this year, in particular, I am especially happy to be blessed with a loving and growing family and friends you can relax and be yourself with.
We moved back to Houston from Delray Beach, FL in February. With the exception of 2 years when we moved back to Houston in 1994, we’ve been away since 1987.
When I’m talking about my family, it’s not just my brother and his family. It includes my cousins and their children, as well as my sister-in-law’s 2 sisters and their families, and so many others. (we’re already over 30 and growing)
This is how my grandmother “ran” the family. Everyone and anyone became family. At my surprise party this year, my niece told two of my friends who attended this...You’re a part of the family now!!!
Everyone pitches in, whether it’s to help out with a ride, bring in food if someone is ill, or take care of the children. If you’re invited to a family gathering (and trust me, if you’re in Houston, you will be) then be prepared for everyone talking at once and treating you as if they’ve known you all of your life.
I feel the same about the friends in my life and that includes YOU since you’re reading this. I still miss my extended family in Florida but that doesn’t mean the friendship is not there. And there are so many virtual friends I’ve met via this community.
No matter what I have in life, no matter what I might have achieved, it would be empty and meaningless without my family and friends. Their support makes the bumps in my path bearable. The joy I have when I’m with them is the icing on the chocolate cake of my life.
And finally, I am so grateful to be back in my home state... The Great of Texas. When I first moved to Florida, I almost bit someone’s head off when they said that I was now a Floridian and no longer a Texan. It’s hard to explain, but it’s something you don’t lose, no matter where you live.
Immediately I felt that people were kinder to each other, whether they knew you or not. I realized how much I’d missed hearing Ya’ll. And hearing the Houston accent was music to my ears.
I am not just grateful, I am blessed to have my family and friends that add so much to my life.
This is my entry in Debe Maxwell, CRS ’s NOVEMBER 2019 THANKSGIVING GRATITUDE CHALLENGE