Our family recently delighted in a wedding, not so common these days as all of us “kids” are getting middle-aged yet our own kids are too young for marriage. Our home was filled with an extra five children and a couple adults. Even though things were hectic and the bathroom doors revolved, I enjoyed it all. Fortunately the bride and groom and mothers were not unduly stressed, for the most part. It was wonderful to see so many family members at once – some I rarely see even though we live in the same town.
Most recently, my in-laws were here for the weekend, recovering from caring for a relative during a lengthy illness that culminated in a funeral. During visitation, an elderly aunt brought there from the nursing home was so happy to see her extended family from near and far. Times of sadness can also bring our beloveds together again in caring, and the sad can become joy.
It is good to be together sharing smiles and stories and the warmth of hugs. In our busy lives it is important to take a break from all the running and reconnect with our families – not just for weddings and funerals.