We all have those weekends where we are excited and can’t wait. This is one of those weekends for me. The siblings are coming. I have three older siblings that live in other states, and they are coming to visit. Dad is doing well now, and they want to see him, want to see where he lives and where he will be living. My two older sisters are coming this weekend, and my brother will arrive in a few weeks with his two sons.
Due to age difference and geography, we have not always been close. But there has been constant communication since I have been Dad’s care taker and that has fostered a closer knit existence. No matter who we are, our siblings hold special place in our lives and in our hearts. And in this time of everything disposable, family relationships are the ties that bind.
It feels good to have a home where they are welcome, where there are spaces for chats. We are blessed to have the home we have. But a building is not enough, I want a home where you walk in and feel love and warmth. No doubt there will be much catching up, wine and laughter. And there is something about actually laying eyes on someone you love to make sure they are OK.
Dad’s eyes light up when he talks about his children coming to see him, getting to spend time with them. He is tinkled pink about this weekend, and looking forward to seeing his sons in a few weeks as well.
The past 7 months have been extraordinarily difficult. But a new phase is beginning, and with it brings new opportunities for strengthening relationships. Life is all about love and love is what makes time worth while.