Posts tagged ‘family’
It’s almost Father’s Day, and I can’t let the day go by without mention. Both Cherie’s father Fred Soria and my Dad died during the past year.
Cherie’s Dad was more of a saint, and mine more of a sinner (of the omission variety, being absent for most of my life). But no matter what kind of Dad you have had in your life, it’s still touching to me to read about different types of Dads and what they are like.
Coincidentally, my sister Katey posted an album on Facebook today of more than seventy photos of our blended family. It was beautiful to see all of the lovely and loving people that came from our two Dads, and I have three wonderful siblings from my own Dad’s second marriage.
Then, I arrived at work and my friend and fellow blogger Hilloah sent a link to a blog by Marshall Carr, who used to work at Living Light and now teaches high school in our community. The blog was about the arrival of his new daughter Zoey Mae. There was a video about his elder daughter, 2-year old Rowan Ellie greeting her new sister for the first time, and I thought of how much I loved my brother and both of my sisters when they were born, and still do! That’s what it is all about really – the circle of life and love, started with a Mom and a Dad. When everything else falls away, only the love remains.
Can’t believe it’s been almost exactly a month since we started our holiday blogs. So much has happened this month; so many things to do, and now they are nearly all done and it’s the night before Christmas Eve. And my son Simon is making his way down to Fort Bragg from Prince Rupert, B.C. He flew out of the Yukon Territories a week ago, went to visit his Dad inland in Hazelton, B. C. and called from Vancouver, B.C. yesterday saying that he’d arrive in Portland today to see his aunts and cousins.
And then it’s another day or two until he reaches the Mendocino Coast. Last time he came down he arrived at 3:00 AM. I’m hoping he doesn’t drive half the night. Being a mom, I tend to worry, although I try not to. I made some raw chocolate chip cookies for him, and have started some sauerkraut and a big batch of buckwheat granola. I usually like to make him baked scones when he comes to visit, so I’ll do that. Even though he is fully grown, I still like to make special things for him. But my big dreams of doing my once a year baking for the office didn’t really come to fruition.
Oh well, I still accomplished a lot–got all the boxes off on time to family and friends, and today was a flurry of gift and card exchanges at the office. So now it’s time to put the finishing touches on the house–is everything perfect? There’s something bittersweet about the holidays, too, isn’t there? You think of those who are not here any more, of memories both good, and at times, well–not so perfect. But overall, the feeling is more sweet than bitter.
I think the overwhelming truth is that the feeling is love. It’s time to forget the petty concerns of ordinary life, and concentrate on what is truly important: good friends, family, peace, love, and joy. I saw those last three words in the window of the local plumbing shop this morning, and I thought, yeah….that’s it, and thank you for reminding me. Wishing all of you a joyful, peaceful, and love-filled holiday.
Here’s a photo of my beloved sister Katey. She’s turning 50 this weekend, and I’m driving up to Oregon to be with her on her birthday. I still remember the day she was born..I was 12 years older, and she was such a beautiful child. I’ve adored her all her life, and vice versa. So why would I even think of missing her birthday celebration? Sometimes work is a priority, and other times, we just need to make time for our family. So I’ll be celebrating with my Libra sister in Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast. Well, Living Light is a family, too. Cherie’s 92 year old Dad has been ill for awhile, and we all just love Fred. He’s been living here in Fort Bragg for several years, and we feel lucky to know him. It has been hard for Cherie and Dan to do all that they do at Living Light and also care for Fred, but I know they feel blessed at the same time, to have him near. Luckily, Cherie and Dan are very supportive of each other. Cherie’s longtime friend and former Living Light diva Terry has been traveling back and forth between here and Costa Rica to help make sure that Fred has someone with him all the time. She’s known the family for many years, and is such a wonderful and devoted friend–a true angel on earth. It’s good to remember how important love and friendship really are to all of us. We are fragile beings here on planet earth, and love is the answer. Who cares what the question is?