Friday, April 17, 2009

Family Matters

The title of this blog has a double meaning, family really does matter a lot to me as anyone knows who has been reading this blog. And family matters have been complicated as well as wonderful of late.

I'm not going into details, but sometimes family members clash and the fall-out is hurtful and especially to those who love them. The ones who are acting out never seem to realize that they are hurting far more than just the person they are lashing out at. We recently went through just such an incident.

On the other hand, family members sometimes do incredibly kind things. This one I will give the details about. One of my grown grandsons, his idea, brought four of his friend up. One brought along a riding mower. Armed with weed-whackers and walk-behind mowers, these young man tackled the weeds that had grown knee-high all over our nearly 2 acres. They did this for a tri-tip and chili bean dinner. Hubby barbecued the meat and I made my famous chili beans. We had tortillas, garlic toast and sodas to go along with the meal.

These young men are about four years out of high school, don't have the best jobs in the world, but they actually expressed appreciation for the meal which was there only payment for a really big job.

We raised this particular grandson from the time he was 11 until he moved out at age 20. Over the years, many of these same boys spent the night at our house and ate many meals with us. It was a form of deja vu having them all around our table again.
We enjoyed our meal, talked and laughed.

Yes, my husband could have done what they did--but first he'd have to fix his riding lawn mower, which he's talked about doing since the beginning of the year. And I can assure you even with it fixed he'd have never been able to do all those young men accomplished in about two hours time.

I'm blessed by having a big family, good times and bad.

Marilyn
a.k.a. F. M. Meredith

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