Today’s reflection question is a tough one.
Think about a major milestone that happened with your family this past year. How has this affected you?
I’m stretching a little, but my youngest first cousin on my mom’s side got married this year. It was the first marriage in the family in many years. His wedding affected us by pulling us together for a joyful experience, creating a bonding moment.
My members of my mom’s family actually sees each other pretty frequently, at least compared to a lot of families whose members live in different towns and states. As my sister and I were growing up, my mom and her six sisters all lived within 40 miles of my grandparents. Every Sunday was spent at my grandparents’ house, and most of my aunts and their children came each Sunday. When my grandfather passed away, he asked my mom to help ensure that “the family” still got together frequently, and my mom and my step-dad have opened their home on a regular basis to us.
Thus, the wedding wasn’t the first time in a long time that we all had seen each other — we just got together at Easter. But it was the first time in a long time that we celebrated each other, celebrated our family, and celebrated how much we love each other. (Also, a celebration of cupcakes and Journey songs.)