Do you tell family you LOVE them?
Friday, October 18, 2013
My grandkids are my motivation to keep on keeping on!
Last weekend I had three of our six grandkids for most of the weekend.
I need time with my grandbabes, there is healing in spending time with them. They are my legacy.
Families are changing today - technology has replaced interpersonal interactions. Research shows that newer generations are not traditional in visiting family as back in my day... every Sunday was Church and grandma's house for Sunday dinner. I never expected to see my kids and grandkids every Sunday, but once a month would be nice! My husband and I fostered the precious relationship between our kids and their grandparents - this is not so today - not just in my family, but across the world. Technology (twitter, FB, skype,ect..) have replaced face to face interaction and expression.
A few years ago while earning my degree in Sociology - we were challenged to do an exercise with our family members to see how one person makes a difference.
I came up with the idea of expressing "I Love you" at the end of phone conversations - families do not tell each other they love them enough or at all. This was 8 years ago, today when I talk with any one in my family - the phone call always ends in "I love you".
It is not something that is just said, it is felt, as I love my family and I support them and encourage them in who they are and how they want to live.
Losing my dad two months ago, there was much love surrounding him as he passed and there was much love expressed at his funeral.
Missing my dad - working through the grief... I love you daddy!