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“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.”

I was talking to “hypersensationalism” and discussing friends of ours that have passed away recently.  I thought came to my mind.  I shared it with them and I would like to share this quote above with you… 

This is a famous quote (one of my very, very favorites!!) from “Illusions” by Richard Bach (who also wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull way back in, like, the 70′s or something.)  It kind of conveys what I’m thinking.  Let me know if it touches you, too.

 

This hits me hard.  We have some true, true friends that we spend some holidays with that are not true “family” by blood but we have known them for about 15 years and our kids have grown up together.  I don’t know what I would do without these people in my life and I don’t know what I would do if anything happened to them or their kids.  I feel closer to them than most people.

 

When you read this quote, what do you think?  Who do you immediately think of?  Do they KNOW that you feel this deeply about them?  If not, why don’t you take today and tell them, let them know?

 

Life is short, my friend.  It may change your life to let someone know that you consider them to be your true family.  Family is more than just best friends, it’s a stronger bond that can’t be faked.  You know who they are, so think about it.  Let them know and then come back and tell me how it went.

 

Until then,

Ciao for now,

Shawn

P.S.  And, a big thank you to my friend, hypersensationalism, for getting me to jot it down.

 

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― Criss Jami

This quote grabbed me.  I guess it made me think.  For people who actually know me, one of my favorite (FAVORITE!) quotes of all time is this:  “It takes all kinds to make a world”.  It means just about the same thing.

And, I mean it several ways:  it takes all kinds of people, it takes all kinds of things, all kinds of animals, all kinds of jobs, all kinds of personalities, all kinds of…everything.

When people start to whine, bicker, or complain (myself included from time-to-time), I repeat this quote. 

 

My 17-year-old will be graduating from high school in about two weeks.  There is a lot going on in our lives:  writing up scholarships and filling out the forms (I’m helping out with that one), ironing graduation gowns without a wrinkle (grandma is helping with that task!), mowing the lawn, blowing the circle drive, and weed-eating the bank for our guests (my wonderful hubby), and working on the inside of the house and organizing kids’ games, toys, Pet Shop Pals, and bins of Barbies from long ago (our youngest, 13-year-old, is an organizing genius)… 

There is a lot going on and a lot of emotions, to say the least!  This Summer will go quickly and our oldest will turn 18 and then, subsequently, move away from home for the first time in her life.  I am happy for her; she will be going to one of the most amazing private, Catholic universities in the nation.  I am happy for her, really I am…  Don’t smirk. 

 

I am also having a rough time of it but I will make it…I will survive and I will smile through tears – for her.  I love her so much, so I will be strong – for her.  And, when she is on her merry way, and when we drive away from the school, I will hold my head up and try to keep it together — for our youngest, her best friend, her confidant, her other half.

I don’t really regret a moment of the past 17-and-a-half years because we are a close-knit family and we have spent those years close together.  I just need to take a deep breath and remember that this is her time, her life, her shot at living and having a little fun – and freedom – for awhile.  And, if it doesn’t feel right, she knows that we will be here with open arms should she decide to make a different decison.

Enough rambling on that note…  Back to the quote.  We have had numerous philosophical discussions recently (she and I) about life, love, religion, faith and purpose.  She is different from most of her friends.  We live in a small town where most of her graduating class of 120-some students will either be working at Burger King come Fall, be entering Basic Training at some army base, or will become preggers and become a welfare statistic living on their own to prove something to their mom and dad by being “independent” from their family.  None of these choices is good; none of these choices do I wish on any of her friends. 

But, again, it takes all kinds to make a world.  It does take the woman working behind the counter at Wendy’s to give you your meal at lunchtime, it does take the guy digging in the ditch to lay the line for your cable, it does take the student at the cash register after you’ve finished making your frozen yogurt to pay, it does take the teller at the bank to fire off the cylinder back to you with your weekend cash in it and it does take YOU…to do whatever it is that you do to help make this world.

What is it that you will do, what is it that you can offer, what is it that you will contribute to make this world better, stronger, more amazing?  Think about it.  What will you do? 

 

In the meantime, God Bless.

Shawn


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