Yes, I've been absent for a bit. And likely will be, except for a Happy Thanksgiving post. I'm busy on my other blog with writing a post for every day during November. So if you only read this blog and are just plain desperate to hear from me otherwise you should head over there. :-)
I'll be posting there later with details of our trip this past weekend to Baltimore, where we visited some of my nieces and their families, and they threw a party for The Tim, whose 60th birthday was on Friday.
And that made me want to write this here.
I love my family. They drive me crazy, are crazy as a matter of fact, and though we all may appear somewhat conventional, we are not. Sometimes, I'm not even sure we would all be friends if we were not related.
But they are great. Granted, I don't get to see my sister in California very often, or see her kids and grandkids, who live in California and Arizona. Nonetheless, I still get to keep up with them all on a regular basis and see pictures, etc.
This past weekend we had just the very best time in Baltimore. I took exactly one picture, because I was too busy otherwise laughing, singing, talking, eating, and drinking. And though it would be fun to have more photos, I have the memories which are making me just as happy right now.
I know for a lot of people, Thanksgiving and the following holiday season can be difficult, since not all families are like mine. And I also know that especially this year, with election results, so many people are dreading seeing other family at Thanksgiving.
So here is my hope for you: I hope that you will have a wonderful holiday season with your family. Whatever and whoever your family is. Whether or not they are related by blood. Whether you have known them since birth, or just in the last month.
Life is too short not to have a family to love. It's great when it is your own family and you all have your history with each other. But we are fortunate in that all of us can create our own families and even if outsiders are appalled, it's none of their business.
So enjoy. I know I'll be with my family - not my extended family, but my immediate family. Which consists of The Tim and four furballs. I wouldn't have it any other way.