I am lucky that we have four generations to observe and to learn from, to see the inherited characteristics passed down in small ways through jestures and genetics blended with individual behaviours, it all makes for a lively time around the dinning table!
I am counting my blessings to have my folks here visiting for many reasons; first we live across the world from each other -so this is the first time in almost 4 years that we have seen each other in person and secondly my dad has had some serious health issues in the last few years so actually seeing him in person again is something I wasn't sure I would
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It has taken me weeks to actually finish this post as I have been either too busy or tired because of my family commitments, but now that I have a quiet home and no extended family around I can finish my ramble.
To recap I am very lucky to have a family that most of the time is happy and supportive of one another and it is fascinating to see characteristics that cross generations. I had not realized that my kids had aspects of my parents personalities or that I was more like my father than I ever thought until we spent so much time together as a blended group. It is interesting to say the least, to be an observer and not to become judgemental or to interfere in the group dynamics. I was honored to see my family as individuals and as people, not just as an extension of myself but for who they are.
It is so good to be able to be apart of that group and not have any 'old issues' take hold, it is nice to think that on an emotional level I have let go of any 'garbage' and that I am closer to my chronological age emotionally, than I have been in the not so distant past.
Families whether they are biological or created come with so many layers of emotions for most of us, that actually letting go and just being present to experience the moments as they happen is a revelation to me.
The ties that bind us and the memories that we make are the true riches that make our hearts sing.
Thank you mum and dad for journeying across the pond to come see me and your grandkids and great grandkids.
Love you from my heart and from my soul