Many moons ago I wrote a newsletter that contained a section called “Family Matters”. Here is a post from that section, written for Thanksgiving.
I have always liked the play on words that this particular title “Family Matters” represents. For the most part I write articles that pertain to the ups and downs and ins and outs of everyday family life, living better, of course. With the holidays in sight, I am writing about the other (and most would say more important aspect of the title) Family Matters.
While everything about our family matters, it is their opinions, spoken or otherwise, that matter most. From holiday travel to the perfect piece of pie, family will offer opinions, suggestions, and some will make outright demands. These are the ingredients that fuel the fires of holiday stress. It’s not really the shopping or the cooking or even the long car rides, it is the requests, expectations, and happiness of our family that matters most.
No matter what your definition of family happens to be, it will include those people whose friendship, blood relation or history have some bearing in your life and therefore they matter. Matter is defined as “something that is being considered or needs to be dealt with”. I think that family members fall easily into the two categories, often trading places. We have family members that we need to consider and we also have ones that need to be dealt with, either way, they still matter.
Because “family matters” more than words can adequately say, I hope you enjoy the family you are blessed with this Thanksgiving, as we are never guaranteed that they will be there for next year’s holiday. And, if you find that family matters are giving you some holiday stress, try humming a few bars of “Little Birdie”, it’s sure to calm things down.
Happy Thanksgiving to your Family from mine… LB