Friday, October 26, 2007

Much Love

I realize that I am very lucky to be close to my family. I've always loved each member unconditionally, even as a teenager. My parents are wacky and wonderful. I have an older brother and sister. They are one year and two days apart and I came five years later. I'm the baby.

When bad things happen, we band together. I mean really together. There is much love. It comes in the form of care packages, phone calls, babysitting, spending money on each other, cards, more phone calls, and lots and lots of "love yous".

We don't live in the same town. We're spread out over two hours of Interstate. But when we need each other, it just doesn't matter. We rally.

It's not overkill either. It's pure. Genuine.

The first people I call when I need help or a shoulder? My parents.

The second? The big sis.

It's amazing, to think that some people don't have this.
This f-a-m-i-l-y.

It's happening again. As we help my brother and his family. We grieve, we cry, we help.

Together.

While I wish that no one ever, ever had to be sick. Especially not my sweet, beautiful nephew...it makes my heart swell with pride.

I am part of a family.

13 comments:

Midwest Beach Girl said...

And 1600 miles away. Love from Florida. You have my prayers and thoughts.

Michelle said...

I'm so sorry to hear something is going on with your nephew; I'm sure it does help your brother and his family to know that his family is rallying around - family is so very important. Will keep your nephew in my prayers for a quick recovery.

Jenifer said...

Family is always number one - no matter how difficult or hard it may be. In your case it sounds like you have all worked together over the years and that is definitely a gift.

Jenifer said...

Oh and of course best wishes and prayers for your nephew.

nikkis30by30 said...

We have the greatest family in the world, u, me, and MBG. There has NEVER been a doubt about that. And don't doubt now.... we are ALL together in this. Prayers from all over are flooding in for you all. I will be there in a bit. Love you LOTS!!

Jacqniel said...

Could I please have your nephew's name so I can put him on my prayer list? I am so sorry, Melanie.

thirtysomething said...

Oh gosh I am sorry to hear that something is going on with your nephew. I hope it isn't serious. I will be thinking of you and oyur family. How fortunate that you are all so tight-knit.

Aliki2006 said...

I love my family, too--it's a glorious thing.

I'm sorry about your nephew--I hope he's going to be ok?

Alpha DogMa said...

Oh, sweetie. I hope it all works out. You are lucky to have such a family.

thirtysomething said...

Just checking back in with you, hoping things are ok with your nephew. Sending you peace and hugs.

Jenn said...

Family.

Nothing quite like it.

Wishing you and all of yours well. You're in my thoughts.

Mama said...

Write soon! You make me smile!!!

California mom said...

Melanie,
I hope that your nephew is okay. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Julie