“When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” ~ Erma Bombeck
“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” ~ George Burns
“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family.” ~ Jim Butcher
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” ~ Mother Theresa
“My dear young cousin, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it.” ~ Rick Riordan
“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.” ~ Trenton Lee Stewart
“I sustain myself with the love of family.” ~ Maya Angelou
from the Desk of MarDrag:
I spent the day yesterday…all day!…helping my Darling Daughter with her baking projects for Halloween and some birthday parties. She is a master baker who will be opening her own bakery (cross fingers) in the near future. We had a wonderful time! I love my daughter beyond all reason, she is an amazing woman and I would do anything for her. Having said that….I was exhausted at the end of the day, and still prepared a lovely dinner for us both to end the long and tiring day, and to nourish our flagging energy.
After she left, and as I climbed the stairs to my loft to prepare a post for today, I got to thinking about FAMILY, and what it means. We all have various family members with different traits that create different relationships. We also have extended family that can be just as close as blood family. And friends that are just as close as well. And too, some family we wish were farther away, or that we do not get along with or some that we do not even see or speak to anymore.
BUT, that family connection is always there. There is that thread in the tapestry of life that intertwines, always, and whether we embrace it or not, from choice or not, it is still part of us, and we are part of them, and that will always be so. I too have some family members I am not in touch with, for deeper reasons, but their connection is still with me, and there is purpose to that. So too, are the family threads that have passed on, still intertwined with our threads, as they always will be.
I am thankful and blessed to have the family and friends around me that I do. I offer a prayer of gratitude for them….and for the ones that are not around me (LOL). Shall we remember to be grateful for our families whether they be good, bad, indifferent or absent….whether we keep them close or at a distance for self preservation….they are part of important lessons and ultimately personal growth that would not happen if they were not, or had not, been in our lives.
Let us remember and pray for the families today that are being touched in one way or another by this super storm in the east and wrap them in love, light and safety.