Friday, November 14, 2008

Adventures in Simplicity Chapter 3

I said when I started this blog that it was to be an "experiment in reaching out to long lost friends and perhaps making a few new ones."  So far, it has worked.  I have reconnected with a few old friends from the college days.  Better than yearly Chirstmas cards, I am so thankful to feel truly engaged in their daily lives now.  What a wonder this modern age is!  I have also been able to make a few new friends (AW!). I did not know, however, that some of the new friends would be in my own family.  I don't want to single anyone out, but just as an example...I have a niece that I inherited when she was about 11 or so (that is, I married her dad's little brother).  I watched her and the other nieces and nephews I inherited (perk of marrying the youngest of 6 children--lots of built in kids), and the ones that have come along since, grow up over the last 18 years. Many of them now wonderful adults with families of their own.  But, like most extended families, we spend a few birthdays &  holidays together and see each other at weddings and funerals.  So,  I have not really had the opportunity to know all of them as well as I would like.  Back to Niece...through this 'experiment in blogging' I have been able to get to know her as an adult, and I just adore her!  I have been able to stay up to date on other family members that perhaps I have know better, but have moved far away.  My own sister, only a year my junior, read my blog for the first time and said, "I never knew you were so serious!" Good relationships enrich our lives.  Sometimes we take for granted the simple pleasure of knowing our own family, perhaps because they are right there under our noses. Simplicity connects!
Quote of the Day: "Real love stories never have endings."
--Richard Bach author