METALandMIRRORS: Life: We Are Family

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Life: We Are Family

It's that time of year where weddings and family reunions are happening. Everyone is getting together for one reason or another. I have a big family and something is usually going on at least once a year for a big get-together.

My family is separated into many states. We come from a Navy background and all married into one of the Armed Forces. We text or call when we can; however, it is not the same as being next door to one another. Feelings get hurt sometimes and one waits for the other one to reach out first. We remind ourselves that if we want a relationship, then we have to work on it.

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This is what get together's are all about. Of course, to celebrate the event that is going on, but also to recharge the sibling, kith, kin, and clan bond. To remember the good times and focus on the laughter. I think of it as a holiday, such as Valentine's Day. One day for a "get out of jail free" card and restart the engine again.

Sometimes, things work out to bury a hatchet or two. It takes time, but the venue is a great way to get the ball rolling. Face to face is a great way to express feelings and move forward. So many times the emphasis is on what to wear, how to get there, and what to do. While all of that must be thought about at one time or another, the true meaning of get together's is simply getting together. Be in the moment with everyone. Let the situation play out as it may without trying to control it and rekindling the fire again.

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