Today’s 31 Days of Free Writes word comes from our weekly Five Minute Friday Link-UP.
Family is something that everyone can relate to. Some have good family’s. Some have bad ones. Some have family’s full of drama (probably most of us). But most of the time family are the people you can count on being there for you in the good times and the bad. Cliche Much?
One of the things I’ve been thinking about lately is merging family’s. When people get married you are literally merging 2 families into 1. Two sets of parents, two sets of traditions, 2 sets of holidays, and 2 sets of ideals. Ever since my sister got married I’ve been thinking about this more and more as holidays become different each year. We no longer get her for all the holidays now we have to share her with her in-laws. I never really understood how hard it was to have to share family’s for the holidays than when it happenned to me.
I’m very grateful there are no divorces in any of our family’s because I worked with people that did nothing but jump house to house on Christmas Day and that just sounds INSANE. I worked with someone that on Christmas Day went to at least 5 different houses for Christmas due to divorce and family drama. So and so won’t talk or see to so and so so they have to visit a million different people. No Thank you! Talk about drama!
One thing I’ll always remember about my grandmother. She was a very wise woman. She had a few wise sayings. Her favorite was you only have 1 mother but could have a million fathers. But she also understood how important family was and how important it was to see her family for the holidays. She said you can have tons of friends and some friends can become like family but being with your family on holidays was super important to her and therefore it also became important to everyone else in the family.
Nowadays holidays tend to be kind of sad. We live far away from family and no one has kids yet so the holidays are these small sad affairs. Sometimes they aren’t any different than any other meal we eat during the year. Many times really it’s just an extra day off. Even though it’s not the same they are still important to me and I hope one day to have a family of my own to pass down all the wonderful family traditions I have learned about over the years.