"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. We make discoveries about ourselves."
Writer Gail Lumet Buckley
As the next generation of children enter the family picture, the noise level goes up. The space in the house seems to go down. The table needs more leaves. The laughter is contagious.
As families continue to grow and miles separate us and smart phone calendars fill up, it's a challenge to come together. For my birth family, Christmas Eve has been the time when we all try to gather. Christmas Eve is my Mom's birthday, so we celebrate birthday during the day and Christmas in the evening. But my parents' 60th wedding anniversary brought most of us together mid-year.
A good snapshot stops a moment
from running away.
It doesn't keep kittens from running away from little hands, though.
|Benson wasn't quite fast enough to catch the kittens, though it didn't stop him from trying.|
|Madison was the unofficial cat whisperer (and probably protector, too!)|
a circle of sections,
held together but separable,
each segment distinct.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Some of us had a Sunday "after-party" in a park in Hutchinson. Benson was corralled in a playpen. Holte had a snooze on a Wildcat chair that doubled as a "portacrib." Kinley took time out from swinging to try out a chair, too - briefly.
Swinging is a powerful draw. So is family.
In every conceivable manner,
the family is link to our past,
bridge to our future.
Author Alex Haley