Recently Brian & I took a road trip South to see some of my family. I wanted to pass on my grandmother’s hope chest to my niece Anny. She has two girls so it seems fitting that the chest go to her. Also given were a porcelain doll and a teddy bear that my eldest sister Linda made for me many years ago. I know these things are in good hands. My grand-niece Tori was also graduating Kindergarten so we timed the trip so that we could attend her celebration.
It was great to see family and be surrounded by all their love and light. As I reflect back on that trip I want to always remember these things:
My ‘little’ brother Buck has grown into a wise man that has a profound connection to the Earth. He has our Dad’s eyes, which are kind and they don’t miss much.
My grand-niece Carina is a very serious young girl and though she and her sister have their squabbles, as all siblings their age do, she already watches over her little sister with her protective gaze.
My grand-niece Tori is a gentle soul, full of energy, and ready with a quick smile.
My niece Anny is a good mother who’s pride in her children is seen clearly on her face.
My niece Cindy is a loving, intelligent, strong woman who is always there to support her sister and brother.
My nephew Darin looks more and more like his Dad every time I see him. I was so impressed that he and is family took the time to drive all night from San Diego to Redwood City to be there for Tori’s graduation.
My sister Darlene has done such a great job of raising her children. She is beautiful, strong, intelligent, and lives her life as the best example of what it means to be a supportive family.
I am honored to be part of such an awesome family. I can close my eyes and see their smiling faces. I can hear their laughter. I can feel their love. These are the things I want to remember.