My daughter got a 28/35 on her state report for 5th grade. She was so proud of herself. My middle son had a soccer game this evening and they won 7 to 1. My oldest son had a track meet today and he was able to qualify for the Sectionals in the long jump, the triple jump and the team qualified in the 4 x 100. I came home and my back porch was finished and painted, I received a beautiful card, a gift card and a set of pots and pans and all I could do was squeal and jump around. My cup runneth over. In the mail I received 2 photo's of my niece and nephew that I have not seen since they were small children. They are now 19 and 17. One is in college and one is graduating high school. One each from my 2 sisters-in-laws. We have not spoken in over 10 years and yet we have remained in contact. I divorced their husbands brothers years ago and when that happened his family divorced me and my children. My sisters-in-laws each at separate times have expressed the need for us to get together. I agree. It is a matter of when. With a total of 5 children between us it will be difficult; however I think it would be well worth it.
As women we are the generally the keepers of the family traditions and the family get togethers. Without us how would there ever be a family reunion or a Thanksgiving Dinner with all the fixin's? On this almost mothers day weekend I am reminded that a woman that has her stuff together is an amazing being to watch. As women we are charged and challenged to teach our children and often times our spouses how to make the connections that keep the surprises in our lives. We have to know that in the end all things really will work out. Perhaps now is the time to plan a family get together with the other side of my children's family. I remember when I was growing up, I only spent time with my father's family. I know just about every single one of them. My mothers family I know some by name; I do not know every single one of them. The reason is that my mother didn't push it and my father didn't seem to care. The apple doesn't fall far becaue I have done the same thing as my parens. I have not pushed it and their father doesn't care.
I want my children to know their other-side of the family people and as such this is just one more thing that I would like to see accomplished before I retire at 55.