Thursday, October 16, 2008

Weekly Assignment

So for this weeks assignment there will not be a list of 10 things! :) These were my prompts this week:

1.) Recall a time when you did something to get noticed. Write about it.

2.) Begin with “I wish someone told me…”

3.) If you could rearrange three things about your life what would they be?

4.) What do you love to create?

Although I could do all of them, I will go with number 4.

What do I love to create?

For answer, after a few seconds of that I love to create togetherness. With togetherness comes memories. I think there is nothing more special, more memorable, more wonderful than having everyone you love together to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, a holiday or just because.

Maybe it's this time of year that has me all warm and fuzzy thinking about everyone getting together over the holidays? I don't know. But I love having get togethers not just at this time of the year, but all year long. I have a very strong sense of family and I want to be sure to pass that on to my daughter. I think it's important. Family and friends are what keep us going in difficult times. Family and friends are there to lift you up when you are down, make you laugh until you just about pee your pants, and tell you that you are screwing up when you are!

Now don't get me wrong...I don't advocate for having "togetherness" all the time. Alone time is very much needed. But getting together with family and friends for a special occasion, or even a just-because occasion is something I just LOVE! :)

I think being together and having that family bond is important. Life is SO short and if you don't take the time to get together and create memories now, you may end up regretting it later. I can only sit here and wish I had spent more time with my dad's father. Sure, I saw him, but wasn't as close as I should have been to my grandfather. We had get-togethers, but only once a year. That isn't enough. I should have made more of an effort. The same goes for my mom's dad. I can only wish that I knew him. I knew of him, I visited him a few times, but I didn't KNOW him, if you know what I mean. I can't go back and fix that now. I wish I had those memories. I wish I could show Emily a picture of both my grandfathers and tell her stories, but I can't because I don't have many to share. I can tell her maybe one or two, but I don't have my own special memories of them. I DO NOT want that for her and refuse to allow that to happen. She WILL know her grandparents and she will be able to pass on stories to her children of them. The same goes for all her aunties (even the ones that are non-blood related), uncles and cousins too!

The one thing I always try to tell people is to remember that life is so short and if you have some amends that need to be made to your family or friends...make them now. Get together for the holidays. Bridge the gap. Love. Show up. And create your memories. You'll be glad you did!


Melissa said...

Great post... I too love togetherness...I love having all my family and friends around for any type of party holiday...whatever!!! (of course..I do NEED my alone time too, but not too often)

MommaKiss said...

I love to create, too.



Kidding - having lost a sibling (my best friend on earth and now in heaven) our family motto is Carpe Diem...You gotta just BE sometimes! And when the moment is right, whip out the camera, too - you know I'm addicted to mine...and it's incredible to have a visual aid for the memories.

(came to tell you I haven't tried the PB Oreos. Not sure I can - fake PB doesn't do it for me. But I will give it a go, just for you).

Michelle said...

Creating togetherness......what an awesome response to that prompt.

I did not have a close family so I am trying to create that with my own girls. It is so important!

My post is going to flush out all the tall girls! :)

Kimmy said...

I love this post!! I am the same way but does that surprise you?! We have sooooom much in common :o)
Oh how I love holidays just for the simple fact that I go over to my parent's house and have dinner and such! It brings me back to my childhood would I so relish my youth!!
BTW...speaking of togetherness!! We need to have lunch again! :o)

Weeksie50 said...

I love togetherness too..
Nothing is better then being surrounded by those you love..

Los said...

I felt guilty that I didn't get to know my grandmothers more, or that I didn't have a closer relationship with my older brother ... The thing is, you can't look back - there's nothing you can do about it. You can, however, control the present and the future.

Sometimes Sophia said...

Nicely said. Cherish those whom you love and celebrate the time you have together.

Saundra said...

Oh! your baby is sooo adorable!
I have only boys. I took the pictures down recently, and am itching to put them back up.

I love togetherness too. Even if its just because it's Monday!
Celebrate the time we have!

Minxy Mimi said...

I agree, family togetherness is so important! I love to have my family get together!

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Mama's Losin' It said...

You know I'm with you on this one. There is nothing more important than family and being together and creating memories. It's what makes the world go round. :)

ps I just read your post on suicide and boy that subject just gets me heated. I'm like you. I think their is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

I think suicide is a selfish and cowardly out of a difficult to time. My cousin comitted suicide and it destroyed his family. My respect and admiration for him no longer exists. What a gerk.

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

I'm with you...but I married a man who is the My favorite memories growing up are the get togethers at my grandparents...all the friends and family the fun conversations, the singing, it was something I had hoped to give my kids...unfortunatly no one else is on board with hoo for