Families come in all kinds of packages, some are small, some are
huge, others are noisy, while some are quiet and respectful. Not all
of those families were all tied up in ‘neat packages.’
I came from a boisterous family that included enthusiasm for all things,
big or small! I am so grateful that my parents believed that ‘children
have a voice.’ We learned that by giving respect, we would receive
respect. There are so many ways that being part of a family may have
helped form and influence your blogging communication, too.
I enjoy my blogging community beyond all measure. I have so many
interesting conversations and connections that ‘feel’ like family!
It is fast approaching Mother’s Day and I realize that I will be
busy, as hopefully you all will be. You may participate on this
holiday in roles of being mothers, aunts, cousins, daughters,
nieces or as fathers, uncles, nephews or sons. You may just try
making it a fun day to spend with your ‘animal family members.’
You may have quite different ways to enjoy this coming Sunday.
I chose to tell my mother that I will be back to see her, as I was
leaving Easter Sunday, over the 3 day Memorial Day holiday weekend.
I also mentioned this in a few notes, cards and letters to her since
then. If I call her, she sometimes thinks I am on my way to visit…
I let my brothers know that I am ‘needed’ to pick my youngest daughter
up at the airport on Sunday. I am so excited to hear how her visit to
St. Louis, including going to a Cardinals baseball game with her Dad,
went! I hope to hear about her ‘new’ family members of cousins, aunts
Anyway, this is a fast tribute, off the top of my head, to families.
I will include a list of music, films and television shows which
feature “family” in them.
Feel free to add to this list and include your favorite songs and shows!
I was mainly thinking of humorous families that I have seen on television
and in movies.
If you are an infrequent visitor or first time visitor to my blog, you may
enjoy seeing my list of ways Mothers are invaluable to our lives. I
wrote this on my May Monthly Calendar.
Families come in all shapes and sizes. Family life can include some
really zany and fun-filled surprises. Unfortunately, they can also
have some unexpected tragedies. This shows the unpredictability of our
The way we all pull together, sharing these times on our blogs, can
make our lives richer. We can feel like we can ‘count on each other to
be there.’ That’s what families do in times of troubles.
1. “Mrs. Doubtfire,” (1993) where Robin Williams’ character loves and
misses his children so much, he gets all dressed up to become their Nanny
and housekeeper! Recently, I heard Robin on a talk show, saying he may be
filming another one! Sally Field, in an interview says there are talks
about a “Mrs. Doubtfire 2.”
2. “Mama’s Family,” on the Carol Burnett show was a hoot! I could not
stop laughing, even as a child. I think I ‘get’ the whole silly pranks
so much better, now that I am a parent and adult!
3. Sly and the Family Stone, still is a great band to listen to!
4. Tyler Perry created Madea, a larger than life, wise-cracking head
of her household. He immerses himself in the role, where you forget
he is an attractive African American man! If you have not seen him
as “Alex Cross,” or in one of his other serious roles, you too would
be amazed at the transformation!
5. Who can forget the crazy travel ensemble who were known as Chevy
Chase’s family in all the National Lampoon Vacation movies? The first
movie came out in 1983. The original story was written by John Hughes
and published in “National Lampoon” magazine. The “Griswold family” is
loosely based on Hughes’ own personal story of a vacation. I was looking
at the list of the series of movies and I think I need to take out
“National Lampoon’s European Vacation” again. I don’t remember that as
well as the Christmas one and original Vacation movie.
6. “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge, in 1979. Love that song and I
will always ‘sing along’ with that one!
7. Television shows, from “Donna Reed,” “My Three Sons,” to the newer
ones of “The Millers,” “The Middle” and “Modern Family” all have stories
that are centered on families. They have interestingly enough, a ‘moral
to almost every story’ they display. They tell someone’s version of the
humanity we all are part of. I am sure you remember watching the “Beav”
on “Leave It to Beaver” and thinking that he was lucky to have such
understanding parents. You may have watched, “Married with Children,”
thinking, “Boy am I glad my Mom and Dad aren’t like that!” (Laughing
your behind off, as you thought it!)
Julie gave me another special award nomination, with deeper meaning
to me than most of the other ones.
I have never been given the “I Am Part of the WordPress Family Award!”
Julie is my little ‘sister’ who is a few years younger, (oh, maybe more
than a few), but our feelings line up on things, we can share some laughs,
shed some tears and pass on life experiences as little nuggets of wisdom,
too. Thank you so much, Julie, for this award nomination, my first Family
Award ever! Check out her recent ‘Vodka Chronicles’ and other stories at:
I will be passing out Award Nominations, but won’t be posting the nifty
clip art of the emblem representing this award. I hope to give a few of
the men, along with a few new people who have not received any awards
from me before.
1. Check out Dawn’s lovely blog. I enjoyed a recent post with a cobalt blue
glass flower made out of Budweiser Platinum blue bottles! She is an artist
with a camera!
2. Pamela is someone who has thoughtful posts and more…
3. Mike Lince is on a journey of every 6 months moving around the world,
where the photographs are his wife, Florence’s. The history and majesty
of Granada is one of the most recent posts I enjoyed. He is definitely
‘family’ to me!
4. I like to read about personal journeys and healing. Recently this
was the subject of a post on:
5. Cindy’s photography is so beautiful, I go there to get lifted up!
Her views of the Holler are quite amazing. I enjoy the animals and
birds there, too!
6. Belle and I sometimes are on the same wavelength and stay in touch,
then, like family, we get off in another direction but we have been
friends for quite awhile!
7. Kirt is usually one of the first to push ‘like’ and that is always
nice to see. I find his artistry in his watercolors, brilliant! I enjoy
his photographs. I think since I spend so much time writing, that I like
to just look!
8. He is good at choosing art in vintage postcards and pin up girls. The
reason I really like his blog is that he has memorabilia and stories
that are researched on things you want to know more about:
9. Brothers are nice to have and this man is a deep thinker:
10. Jonathan is always there, reblogging me and being my good guy
My feelings about family, my own growing up years and my raising my
three children, include this special message to you all.
Most people look back at those hard times, the ones where you were
‘living on a shoestring,’ and think:
“They were the best times of my life!”
Another thought about families; the gifts that were homemade and
haphazardly made, with glue, paper, paints or other art supplies,
(even ceramic class ‘globs,’) or handfuls of dandelions…
These are the most valuable gifts given.
Along with heartfelt words,
hugs and kisses,
from chocolate or mud-covered lips,
will be remembered and cherished,