“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” ~Jane Howard
With the thoughts of Mother’s Day coming up, I’ve been having a lot of family- oriented thoughts along with it. So, because I love my family so much I am going to dedicate a blog to them!
Growing up, my family has always been pretty close. We were together almost every weekend, jammed into a car, going to tennis tournaments, piled into hotel rooms (thanks for taking advantage of my littleness by the way- sticking two chairs together to form my bed, really guys? No wonder I have little person syndrome! 😉 ). So we were physically really close, and obviously with physical closeness comes real closeness. Then we stopped going to tournaments and I was honestly pretty devastated. I grew up in that environment and so when it stopped I thought my family was falling apart. Everyone was off doing their own thing and I desperately sought to bring everyone back together. (This consisted of “family meetings” and the “Daily House” newspaper article I typed up- talk about real hard-hitting news!) But, looking back on my attempts to “bring us together,” I learned a really valuable lesson. Family doesn’t break apart (at least not ours anyways). All that energy I was spending was useless. Looking back, that distance was only physical. I could never get rid of my family. What was really happening in those moments was something magical. While we were all struggling within our own, separate lives there was an invisible string that weaved us all even closer. Even through really difficult times for each of us, when other people seemed so far away, our family rallied behind us. I could never ask for a better support system if I tried.
So, overall, my family is just simply perfect in all the necessary ways. We definitely have our moments of annoyance and perturbedness, but in the things that really count, the little and big things, we have got it right. Honestly, I think family is a bunch of misfits (no offense of course) that look beautiful when together. At least, I really feel like I would be nothing without them. In conclusion, this “more-on-the-sappy-side” blog is just my way of saying family is truly a gift from God so don’t waste time taking it for granted, and also a shout out to my amazing siblings and parents who have helped shape me into the person I am today. My favorite quote about us, and families in general, “We may not have it together, but together we have it all.”