Most people have family they like, some they love, and some they can truly do without. I’m no different but my family is biological, adopted, and of course simply bonded on so many levels. I spent my day eating turkey, stuffing, and a host of pies, cakes, and brownies gathered with family and friends but it wasn’t until I went to my momma Diane’s house that the true meaning of the holiday struck me. You see a couple of years ago I had some struggles that were knee deep in jealousy. The players weren’t important but the story behind it molded me over the next few years and made me into a better person today. You see I was challenged with sharing what I had held on for so long, (as if it were only mine) which was my mother’s love. I thought that for some reason I would lose it and those feelings enraged me and sent me over an emotional cliff. Fortunately, I could not be further from the truth. The insecurities I felt and anger I held in my heart fueled a fire that did not need to burn and it pushed me into a place where I was so alone. The beauty of it all is that in that lonely place is where I found me. I found out that I couldn’t lose what I had because it was given to me freely and a mother’s love was not something that simply went away. So today my mother asked me how I felt about a special someone coming to visit and I proudly looked at her and said, “I’m so ok you have no idea.” You see when I was at my lowest point I fell on my spiritual foundation and I not only stood up from the fall but I stood taller. I am so thankful for my family for more than just turkey and dressing but for lessons learned, love freely given, understanding my mistakes, and loving me continuously. You see my family didn’t run from me because I was being challenging but instead embraced me and through those actions taught me so much.
I want to thank my momma Diane for the love she has shown me. I want to thank my mom Margaret for the life she gave me. I want to thank my grandma for all the wonderful times we share and the trouble we get into when at 102 years old we can still hang at the beach. I want to thank my many brothers and sisters for all the support, funny stories, and the kazillion nephews and nieces I have and of course my husband and children. So you see although I woke up this morning with turkey on the brain I fall asleep with a lesson learned about family, love, and forever – A forever I’m blessed to have!!!