I’ve seen so many changes in my family; some have come into this world so innocently, and others have left for a better place. I’ve witnessed some tragic moments and the birth of a few little miracles. The losses of my father and mother, my only grandparent, my sister and my beloved sister in law have weighed heavily on my heart, but I love my family very much, and they’re what I live for. Your family will change so much over the years but the most important thing remains the same…you gotta keep your family close.
My mother’s only wish, before she passed away from cancer in February, was to keep the family close. She wanted her 5 sons to stick together. My mother witnessed so much tragedy, but she always stayed strong for her boys. When we lost my sister at the young age of 41, my mother was crushed, much more than when her husband passed in his early 50’s. Rightfully so, because a parent should never have to bury their child. My mom stayed strong for us. She was the glue to our family. Now that she’s gone, it’s up to her boys; it’s up to us.
There are times that it seems so difficult to keep it together because so much tragedy has occurred, but my mom always kept it together for us. Now, we owe it to her to make her wish a reality, regardless of what has occurred in our family. I’m not giving up on my family and neither should you, regardless of any hardships you’ve endured. Remember this: your family is the only real thing you have. If you haven’t remained close to your family, give them a call or go visit them. You can make a big difference in their lives or vice versa. Your family members are the only ones that you can truly rely on. You may not always agree with them, but their love for you is real. Show them you appreciate them and stay true to them. Remember that they are your blood and they will always be a part of you. If you’re there for them, most likely they will be there for you. Love them every step of the way, and I know that your own mother will be grateful and appreciative, whether she is here or in a better place. It’s true!