Shoulda Woulda Coulda – But I didn’t, so I can’t, so I won’t

Tell us about something you know you should do . . . but don’t.

See my family more. Not just my immediate family, my extended family as well. I feel such a close knit bond with all of my family but I don’t really see them much. A couple times a year tops. I drive over an hour one way after work once a month just to have dinner with one of my college friends. I should try to see some part of my family monthly, shouldn’t I? However, randomly stopping in to say ‘hi’ isn’t really my style or the norm that has been over two decades in the making. That being said, and this is coincidental, I have attempted to implement weekly dinners with my mom and dad (and sister if she can make it). Last night was our first night and it was a resounding success. There is a certain calm that descends when you gather with the people who have known you since you were born. At least for me there is. Even if the night is crazy and everyone is talking and there are a million things happening at once. (Although to be fair that last sentence more aptly describes the Thanksgiving of my mom’s side of the family that we annually host. Although it’s a fast weekend, and crazy, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Nor my weekly dinners with my family.) It’s good I’m just a fifteen minute drive away, any more than that and I’d be very lonely indeed. It’s easy to take that distance for granted, but last night reminded me how lucky I am to be able to seem them so easily.

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15 thoughts on “Shoulda Woulda Coulda – But I didn’t, so I can’t, so I won’t

  1. Do not allow this to become something you think you will always have the chance to do. My father, mother an brother are all gone now. I basically have no core family left. We host my dad’s borthers and sisters at Christmas and i am blessed to have several members of my wife’s family that we engage in social activites with frequently, but you have a gift to enjoy.

  2. A time ago, we lived 5 minutes (drive) from my family members. We went to visit with them, but they never came to our home. Now, years, later, we live in another state and they wonder why we don’t drive 6 Hours to visit them. I’m still wonder why they didn’t make the effort when the distance was only 5 minutes.

    We have family gatherings once a week with our children and grandchildre. Some days It’s crazy noisy, but I still love the gatherings.

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