LLJ, our first granddaughter/third grandchild was born just over nine weeks ago, sparking the joy and hope that new life promises.
Mike and I are relieved and delighted that all three of our children have become productive, happy, healthy adults. We humbly acknowledge the role of God’s blessings and luck.
How does it work?
It is a mystery that good kids survive bad parenting, and bad kids bud from good parents. Having parented three children and closely observed the rearing of two grandchildren, we acknowledge that we have no idea how to raise a child, and we refrain from judging. Each child is unique and requires unique handling.
My source of strength
Sotomayor’s quote provoked thoughts of the sources of my strength. Number one is strong family ties. There have been trials in life, but I consider my challenges the norm of a blessed and privileged life. Belonging to a close extended family supported me through any adversity.
All are welcome
Our family lines blur, the rolls filled with names of people who do not share our blood. Family in our clan means a commitment to the relationship.
Family can act as role models good and ill. Family can demand accountability. Family can drive you nuts and teach humor, forgiveness, and patience. And when life gets tough, family is a source of strength and comfort.
The best gift to give a child is a sense of belonging to a community. Family, blood or not, is the best community to fill the wells of deep happiness and optimism.