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Family Love

Family is important to me. I was very close to my dad’s family as a child, but it was difficult to get everyone together after he passed away. My heart has ached with missing people I love so much, but everyone has been busy. One of my cousins did a quick calculation and told me he didn’t think we’d seen each other in eight years.

Kids have ball games, programs, and dances. The adults have jobs with hours that conflict with each other, and it’s difficult for everyone to take off work at the same time. Add to that my own hectic schedule with working full-time, traveling for work, traveling for writing activities, attending writing events, and writing. I have something going on most weekends when the majority of my family is off work.

That’s why I was thrilled to be able to attend a dinner with nearly all of those loved ones I’ve missed so much. We met in Springfield, a city approximately an hour and a half from where I live. It’s a good location, roughly the halfway point between the largest branch of my family tree and my local branch.

Unfortunately, the restaurant sat us at two different tables. I was able to visit with the family at my table, but not with those at the other. We’re a fairly large group, and they said they just couldn’t accommodate us all at the same table. There were 17 of us at the dinner.

Even though it wasn’t ideal, I had a wonderful time visiting with my aunts, uncle, and cousins. My mom, sister, and brother-in-law were there, too. I always love spending time with them.

Even though it’s been several years since I saw them, I could still feel their love and acceptance. Once we were in the car heading back, my husband mentioned how we still seem close. That’s the magic of an amazing family, and I’m going to do my utmost to see them again soon.

I hope you all enjoy time with family and friends this week!

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