Yesterday, we celebrated Thanksgiving. It a time when we celebrate what we are thankful for in our lives. It’s a time when families get together, enjoy a good meal, spend time together, the kids play together, the adults catch up on the latest happenings. At least, that’s what it used to be, for me, at least.
I used to love those gatherings at my grandparent’s house. I adored my cousins, and still do. I looked forward to hanging out with them, playing tag and hide and seek in the yard, watching football on TV. Then, we grew up, moved away, started families of our own, and drifted apart. Still, every year, every holiday, I think about those gatherings. I think about those people. I think about how fun they were, and truly treasure the memories of those family times.
I wont lie. It stings a little. It makes me sad that we don’t have family close by. My kids are growing up without knowing their cousins, not having those treasured times, and I feel like they are really missing out on something special. My mother, sister, and niece live on the other side of the country. My husband’s siblings and their kids live in different states. We have three children who live in different states. My aunts, uncles, and cousins live across the country, too. We are just simply far away from everyone we love.
That doesn’t mean I don’t still love them each dearly. That doesn’t mean I don’t think about them, and long to visit with them and their families. There is no bitterness, hatred, or ill feelings. Life lead us in different directions and we drifted apart. Sure, we keep up with each other on social media, but we don’t really talk anymore. There are no conversations, no discussions. It’s just the way life is these days and that’s okay, I guess.
I am thankful for each and every member of my family. I appreciate the affect they had, and continue to have on my life. I love them all and I love that I have those treasured memories to think about and reflect on. Now, all grown up and with families of our own, we are making new memories. One day, we will get together and share them with each other.