The holiday season will soon be upon us. I love the holidays, don't you? But before the more festive holidays, our family has several other celebrations.
It was evenings of fun and energy when the extended families gathered to celebrate Tom's sisters' 60th birthdays at their favorite restaurants. Isn't it the best when families gather and share the stories that make them unique?
For I will show you lessons from our history, stories handed down to us from former generations.
Psalm 78:2 TLB
Maybe the important thing to remember is not the occasion for gathering with the ones we love so much as the gathering and loving. I still see you, Mama, and the other aunts sitting around the kitchen table at Granddaddy's after cleaning up from a family dinner.
There you were in starched dresses and aprons, smoking, talking, laughing, together...that's important. (Okay, maybe not the smoking.) What a vibrant picture you gave me of the camaraderie among women!
That's the kind of picture I want my granddaughters to have: the loving and the gathering. A picture that will linger long after the cake is eaten and the presents are forgotten.
If I forget again next February to send you a birthday card, Aunt Nell, please know you are in my thoughts, prayers, and wonderful memories.