”No one is ever born into Life alone. Everyone has shared the bond of family, at least at birth, and for many people it is a bond that will follow them throughout life. For many people it is the most important bond of all.”
I was lucky enough to have in my life a family filled with love, compassion, acceptance and tolerance. I am what I am as a direct result of a family life where belonging is imperative. It is very rewarding to my health and one of the reasons why I am still alive. Without my family’s caring nature, I cannot conceive living alone.
When I was younger, I tagged along with my sister, her husband and two boys. Have a van and we traveled anywhere. I was more than welcome to join since I can chop woods and carry water on top of being a baby sitter. Stopping on a pristine crystal clear rocky river bed to cool off on the way to the camp ground is always part of the fun.
I used to drive the children around and take them on a field trip. Sometimes, I am the one that takes them for the weekend of cub scouts or bring the boys along on a camping trip without the parents. Yes, they trusted me with their children. Trust is very important.
Years flew by and I am the one being driven around by their fifth child. Making a short conversation so that I don’t distract him while driving, I asked: “Aren’t you much too young to drive as a sixteen year old?” He quickly exclaimed: “I’m seventeen years old!” “Oh, pardon me young man.” I responded. His father beside him was chuckling while he teaches his son to drive. No, I wasn’t scared of a young person driving me home. I trust him.
Life is all about play when I am with my sister’s grandson. At his age, everything is magical even playing hide and seek behind a jug of water. ROAR he screamed as he was trying to scare me with his dinosaur sound.
Through thick and thin our family will pass the bonding to the younger generation. I am hopeful that we have shown them the importance of forming an intimate family unit as a cornerstone of our existence.