La mia famiglia

The holidays remind me of crowded Sunday afternoons at my grandma’s house. Everyone found somewhere to perch…we never seemed to run out of food…and whether or not you agreed on politics, religion, or rock and roll vs. country this was just a place where you belonged.
My mama was number nine out of twelve, and many of her siblings were in the area, so I had a lot of cousins running about. Once in high school I was driving with a friend and as he was telling me all about how he thought I was related to half the town, a guy just done with a hard day’s work crossed the street in front of us. Smarty pants that he was, he says, “I spose you are related to him too!”.
How was I to know it was my cousin Eric??? 🙂
In college, more than once I ran into my cousin who was several years older…once at the bar where I worked. I happened to be waiting to meet a “date”. He was late. My cousin said, “I think I’ll just wait with you ’til he gets here.”. I really don’t remember how the conversation went when my date arrived, but I remember this double edged sword of warm feelings regarding my cousin’s protective nature and my worry over what might happen to the guy who kept his cousin waiting:)
My children don’t have this…a big clan and that sense of belonging that comes with running into family here and there. No big Sunday gatherings. Sad.
When I go to pick up our Goddaughter, many times I so enjoy grabbing a seat and just visiting. My Goddaughter’s mama has a big family and there are always people around. It feels nice…to sit among family…sometimes even someone else’s.
I hope this holiday season brings joy, peace, memories, and much time sitting with the ones who love you best.

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About attraversiamodarmaz

Midwestern girl who loves big city shopping (note - do not love high heels of any kind) * hate to say that first because I fancy myself a yoga chic too who is into feng shui and a minimalist life but it's just not all true!* I do forget to recycle* LOVE reading and music and most things crafty (the idea of them - very fickle and creative urges come and go faster than light or sound)* Grand chef and baker in my own mind and kitchen - love to mix and match recipes for a glorious new concoction* Gardening would be very successful - I have a flair but short attention span can cause casualties* True bliss is my home filled with three beautiful children (four on the weekends - an amazing Goddaughter)* did forget to feed the beautiful children lunch once when they were too small to remind me* can't find socks for all on some crazy mornings* I'm a learner who just can't help it...a writer in my head, and a college instructor for a half dozen classes a year* can't help my right brain optimism* been a foster mom* am a very grateful mom of adopted children* worst life moment: leaving the E.R. with an empty baby carrier* this is me...pretty much
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