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Family Evolution


A wonderful thing happened last week. Our family got together, with one exception. Sam flew in from his first semester at University of Vermont. Dan drove up the two hours from Eugene and brought his girlfriend. Lisa was here. My sister Laura drove in two hours from where she lives on the coast. Only my sister Susan and her husband Jim were not with us but back home in Connecticut. Maybe next year.DSC_0111 copy

But that’s not the best part.

The most wonderful thing was all the love and positive energy that was here with us.

Too many times family gatherings can be full of pain. As a child I watched my mother’s extended family behave as if everyone got along, only to have the realities of their relationships become more overt as alcohol consumption increased. Cousins who I didn’t know well acted out their parents’ disdain for my mom and remained people I never wanted to know well.

I tried to raise my kids to be supportive of each other. To love one another. To offer helpful and healthy suggestions and then back off if they note someone needs a nudge in another direction, keeping the process as positive as possible.i-love-my-family-quotes

Watching them this past week has been a joy. I think it took.


Author: GoingPlaces Can-Do Zero Waste

I moved to McMinnville a few years ago and was impressed with its friendliness and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. I write several blogs. GoingPlacesLivingLife is my personal blog related to travel, food and just general thoughts. Can-Do Real Food tells about my business processing local produce from small farms and preserving it by canning and dehydrating. The concept of Zero Waste appeals to me because we can truly reduce what gets tossed into the landfill with very small changes in our lifestyle. Join us.

8 thoughts on “Family Evolution

  1. Love your pictures, Beth

    • I realized that I had not gotten a single photo of everyone this time and I am absolutely appalled by that omission. The photo on the swinging bridge was taken a few years ago, the last time we all were together.

  2. Nice article, Beth 🙂

  3. I am so happy that you decided to move to Oregon and we are closer in miles than we have been for decades! I had a wonderful time being part of your family get together! Now am looking forward to more times to do this again!

    • I realized that having everyone here was such a wonderful experience. But better than that, was realizing how much we all care about each other.

  4. Beautiful! So happy to hear.
    and, Congratulations! Well Done!

    • It’s really nice to see that my kids really really like each other. Love is sort of a given, being family. But love, in many families, includes an edginess that is not comfortable. Here, this love/like thing is real. Now, believe me, it is not 100% constant. We are human. LOL But the less comfortable moments are very very short and definitely rare.

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