Today, Bee kicks off Week Three of Love Is In Da Blog with the theme: FAMILY. Over the course of the next week, we’ll explore various aspects of family connections.
**NOTE: Bee’s having some internet issues, and can’t post to WordPress, at the moment. However, she gave me the topic for the week, and the daily prompts, because I’ll be traveling. So, each day, I’ll share them with you, so you can use them in your own #LoIsInDaBl posts – and, if you’re not participating, you’ll get a peek at things to come! =) **
Whomever we are, whatever our circumstances, it’s a word loaded with emotion. As I’ve mentioned before, my connection with my own family of origin is – well, complicated. I love my family – and, in many cases, choose not to interact with them regularly, because doing so seems to bring forth the worst in each of us. However much I might wish, at times, that it was some other way, this is the way it is, now.
I’ve created a family, with my Accomplice – a family forever fractured by the death of our newly born second child, Elijah James, who lived only twelve days, but left an indelible void when he died, an empty place that no one or nothing can ever fill, but which resonates and makes me, I hope, not only a better mother to our two surviving children and a better mate to my Accomplice, but also a better woman, and a better human, with a deeper compassion for the greater family I’m a part of – the family of Earthlings….
The timing of this week’s theme couldn’t be more apt for me and my family, as we will spend most of the next days with my Accomplice’s family – his and our children’s by virtue of birth, and mine by virtue of marriage. We haven’t seen them in quite some time – Annalise was 3.,then; now she’s closer to 11 than to 10 – and we’re all looking forward to it.
So, as we prepare to see our far-flung family, I leave you with this thought…
You, too, are my family. Whomever you are, wherever you are. The relative colors of our skin, lines on a map, the languages we speak, and the customs or religions that create the parameters of our lives are just details, and irrelevant to our connection to one another. We all live here, on this little watery world circling a small yellow star; our DNA is nearly indentical. We’re all bound by circumstance and a common heritage, on the planetary scale.
And I love you all, as family. ❤
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