Today was a day of warm delights. I may be getting old. I may be getting tender-hearted. I just know there were times when I fought back emotions. Something tells me I should have relaxed enough to not hold back tears.
I was so glad to see family. There were some I have not seen since last year. I tell them we ought to get together. I am serious.
In the midst of the joy seeing family was my self reflecting of so many family members I have become ‘disconnected’ with. I have cousins who I am disconnected with. I did not nurture a relationship with them as I should have. Now perhaps they feel as I do. Just disconnected. I take responsibility.
Other members of my family have gotten wrong at me. Because of that everyone suffers. Their absence is a no-win situation. Civility does not require agreement with people you have disagreements with. Civility is being mature enough to agree to disagree.
I took a moment today while the family was visiting to survey the attendance. In a moment I listed 32 family members who were absent. I thought how some were absent because of sickness. Others absent because of distance or death in the family. Again, I thought about my lack of involvement in their lives that attributed to being ‘disconnected’ with so many.
I guess what I saying is this – Family is important enough to stay connected in spite of distance, opinions and so forth.
Family: It was good to see you. Absent Family: You were missed.
Until next time,