My family is really big. Like…really big. When I think about how big my family is it blows my mind. On my dad’s side, my grandparents had 12 children; 7 boys and 5 girls. My oldest aunts and uncles are great-grandparents already and my cousins have kids that are older than I am. Some of my cousins are even old enough to be my parents!
This past weekend, my family and I packed up our car and drove almost four hours to my grandmother’s house because my aunt and uncle were celebrating 50 years of marriage. Some people I know have grandparents who are just now celebrating that milestone! The anniversary party was a ton of fun. So many people came out to help them celebrate and the food was really good. It’s been a year since I’ve seen most of my aunts, uncles, and cousins; so it was awesome to see everyone and answer the same questions over and over. How’s college? Am I enjoying it?Have I made many friends?
I failed to pack the night before so early Saturday morning I was rushing around trying to find everything that I needed and wanted on this trip. Packed were two books; The Geography Of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith and Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas(book review pending), my iPod, journal, and other typical luggage for a night away.
I’m really lucky that within my family there are so many examples of true imperfect love. Seeing my aunt and uncle after 50 years of marriage, still as in love as when they started dating gives me hope for my future. It also helps to remind me that love like that isn’t just something found in books and movies, it’s real…for regular, everyday people.
“Love is friendship that has caught fire.” – Unknown