Wow! What a busy week! Besides cleaning my house, I did other things that make my life so wonderful! I booked Workday Wednesday off to visit with my friend. She took me to a cutie little beach side cafe and we lunched and chatted and had a lovely afternoon. Come the weekend, another grand day with the grandchildren. Kennie was celebrating her 7th birthday and we got to hang out at a fancy park and play and laugh and chat and just catch up with people we hadn’t seen in awhile. Standing back and taking pictures for posterity, I had a momentary split vision of the world that I live in. I experienced a clarity of my life. It made me smile. This is my family.
Now, this may not seem like a big deal to most people, however, my family is quite unique and diverse. When I say my family, it’s really an extension of Wiseguy’s family, but this weekend I saw how remarkable it was when everyone was together. Let me explain.
If you search for the definition of family, you will find that this definition has not been officially changed from when it was first defined. It still reads as follows: a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household. For many families, this is still true. Our society has changed in so many ways with regards to who raises children and who the guardians of the descendants are. Single parent, LGBTQ parent(s), grandparents, adopted parents, step parents, aunts or uncles. It’s not the “who” that is watching over them and guiding them that is most important. It is the love and desire to raise children to become good conscientious adult citizens. It is the proverbial “village” that makes this happen.
Segway back to Kennie’s party. Besides the mix of genders and races, there were the divorced people who had remarried and were there with their new spouses or partners. There were the cousins and aunts and uncles. There were the grandparents and great grandparents. All differences were put aside to celebrate this wonderful occasion. There was no backstabbing. No bickering. People played volleyball and soccer. Others sat around chatting and just catching up on what was new in each other’s lives. Parents watched over their children, but all others watched as well. It was a community of loving people wanting to enjoy the laughter and happiness of these adorable children. Their high pitched squeals and big smiley faces could wipe away all thoughts of past anger and resentment.
My camera caught an incredible image. The peacefulness on each person’s face. The uproarious laughter. Children playing in the sand…of the volleyball court. To sum it up, it was a day full of happiness. We broke bread together (well, hot dog and burger buns…that counts). Everyone ate. Everyone chatted. The party was slotted to last from 1 pm to 4 pm. Due to unforeseen cheerfulness, the entourage stayed until 6 pm. It was actually difficult to leave. It was such a beautiful, sunny day full of joy and merriment. An incredibly memorable day.
Wiseguy and I came home and unpacked quickly. We were exhausted. Was it because of the fresh air? Was it due to extra playtime with all the children? Was it being in the sun all afternoon? We smiled, resigning ourselves to the fact that we had no idea why we experienced the onset of tiredness, but we knew it was time for bed. We were both smiling. Why? The day had been perfect.
Perfect? Yes. It was perfect. The weather was ideal. It wasn’t humid. It was warm in the sun and cool in the shade. The “family” came together to celebrate a birthday, but it was more than that. It was a collaboration. It was various entities of a family bonding together and enjoying each other’s company. That’s what my camera saved forever. It was about love. It was about family. It was about being there for a common goal and bypassing past prejudices.
In so many ways, children are the leaders. They don’t hate (unless you steal their toy). They don’t judge (unless you steal their toy). Everyone is equal. Religion, colour, nationality, et. al. kids don’t care. As long as you are a loyal and nice playmate, they will be your friend forever. Fun is what life is about.
I appreciate and love my “family”. It’s definitely unique, but I am so proud to be part of it. Living it. Breathing it. Loving it. Laughing with everyone else. It’s all about putting the Family “Fun” in Fun-damental.