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This Canada Day weekend, my Mom’s family decided to have a reunion. We haven’t done that in almost 20 years with that branch of the family.

Isn’t it interesting that you participate in a gathering like this and you see an uncle or cousin that you haven’t seen in some time. All of a sudden you understand that a habit or expression you thought was odd is actually history living on through you! You’re not nearly as alone as you thought.

There is something reassuring in getting together with your extended family. There are days when you feel alone and the world is against you. When you participate in a gathering like this, it reminds you that regardless of where you are or what you are doing, you have support. All you have to do is ask!

We were blessed to have five generations attending. Even though we lost our son and I lost my mother last year, they were still with us. You just know that when you see my grand daughter with the four generations that precede her, they are a part of who she is. She doesn’t know or understand that but one day she will.

I hope that as time marches on, family remains family.

You have “heard” me say before, that often, we need to let go of the past to move forward but family is different. Family is a part of our identity that can’t be changed. You can’t get a new family, you can only change what you do with what and whom you have been blessed with.

Stay close to your family and embrace the differences. Know that your family will always be there to support you when you the world is so dark that you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Let them hold you up for a while, like Footprints In The Sand.

God bless you and your family on this wondrous and sunny day!


What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful that I was born to such a wonderful family. I’m thankful for my wife who has helped to create the next generation. I’m thankful for my parents who brought me into such an interesting and wonderful world.

What are you thankful for today?

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