Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror and boughs of holly and evergreen sprigs have replaced the pumpkins and autumn decor. For the moment, a quiet peaceful feeling has settled into the house as the shift to the next whirlwind of activities and merriment looms just around the bend.
Summer is finally here. Families are packing up their cars and traveling near and far to throw open the windows of that special place where they may have “summered” for generations. It’s time to let the fresh air in and sweep away the cobwebs.
My grandmother, Phyllis, was the keeper of the family history. She kept a neatly organized closet packed with boxes of fine china, silver table settings, war medals, and so on. She had a fascinating story for every object. Her stories brought the objects to life again.
A tall stack of Kodak photos printed on shiny rectangular cards of a family of four sits stapled together with the corresponding holiday letter written with care by “mom” each year. She probably spent a lot of time crafting the ubiquitous yearly holiday letter and thought about what her intended message would be to those she sent cards to each December.
The words paint a picture of accomplishments, changes, and reflections of the ups and downs of a year in a family’s life.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. The holiday shopping “to do” list gets longer every day. Nationwide, families are getting ready to host relatives and friends for a holiday that centers on expressing gratitude and sharing a traditional meal and family traditions. How do you pass down your holiday traditions?
Father’s Day is on Sunday June 21. Are you frantically searching for the perfect gift to give to your Dad this year to commemorate and celebrate what he means to you?
Besides a funny card and a homemade gift from the kids, or yet another tie or sleeve of fancy new golf balls, what do you consider to be a meaningful gift? Flowers, brunch, and jewelry are probably off the list for Dad.
Most of us have been to a funeral. Let’s admit that some funerals are better than others.
There are those services that manage to capture the life of a loved one with personal touches and stories that embrace the essence of someone’s time on earth. Some feel like there’s a disconnect between those speaking, the person who died, and the community of family and friends that have gathered to pay their last respects. Some have memorable eulogies, while others do not.
A block of dedicated time is carved out each and every Sunday morning in my parents home. Sunday mornings are happily spent in anticipation of tackling the ultimate prize – the successful completion of yet another mind bending New York Times crossword puzzle.
Are you feeling gleeful today?
Do you have a skip in your step? Are you snapping your fingers and tapping your toes?
It must be the vernal equinox at play marking a shift in the way we feel.
Sorting through and parting with your loved one’s personal items after their death is possibly one of the hardest tasks to do…ever.
Nothing really prepares you for the emotional challenge of deciding what to keep and what not to.