Friday, January 30, 2009

Ups and Downs

Families are marvelous aren't they?

We"circle the wagons" when there is a crisis--like when Jackson was born with problems. Or when one of us has financial problems or has some definable need.

But you know what--sometimes when life is more sedate we begin to focus on the minor stuff.

We need to remember how much we love each other and need each other and not major on the minors.

We need to remember that when one of us really upsets the rest--that we've all been there before. Whether getting monetary assistance, or living with the parents for a year or two--we have needs an assist from family and each one of us was better for it.

We don't always agree--so what. But we each bring something to the family that makes it stronger.

It is hard sometimes to realize that we are different--each has a different set of experiences and has a personal view of the world and our place in it.

But--let's not start taking out the knife and slicing each other apart. Until we walk in each others shoes--we don't really know what is going on in every one's heads.

We need to show the same deference to others that we have needed in the past. We need to stop character assassinations.

Remember--each of us has needed the safety of the "circled family wagons" in the past. Let's remember the safety and protection that the family provides.

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