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Family, friends, the weekend of the 4th

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The real kickoff to summer is the 4th. Memorial Day while the unofficial date people usually associate with the beginning of summer here in the states is just a touch early. Sort of like spring training for baseball before the regular season. Plus Memorial Day has an entirely different meaning to me than the 4th.

Families at Northside Park in OC. Photo by Mike Hartley

For a change of pace, I have this holiday off. What a different feeling than my normal depression on Sundays for Monday holiday weekends. Time to love and laugh. Not having to fire up the BBQ early and rush dinner because I’ll have to start work. In a couple of years, I’ll reclaim all my holidays and weekends.

I’m sitting here at 5:30 am looking up at angry skies above and feeling so warm at heart. I’m just getting more filled with excitement at the coming birth of my son and his wife’s first child. Each time I think of something difficult ahead (pending missionary repair to the chimney) I flash to the coming months of handling an infant grandson and I’m GOOD.

Families are such fragile things. Many start to develop cracks and some break altogether. Some are reunited like a shattered plate being put back together. Events shape families. Maybe a death of a family member. People handle those things in many different ways. Many of us have experienced that early on in life and it can deeply affect families and relationships. Even the loss of loved ones late in life can change long-standing relationships.

Each day my family loves each other deeply is a day my heart is at peace. It’s something many take for granted but there are many more families who know differently. Many probably have seen parents pass with siblings at odds with each other or broken entirely. That is a pain a parent shouldn’t have to endure.

Children grow and get married adding to the dynamics. People sometimes move and distances create more challenges. Some people are just good at staying in touch regardless and others you have to use a crowbar to get a peep from.

It’s got to be that love, acceptance, support, and being there for each other that carries relationships through. But the challenges some families face may seem and sometimes are insurmountable. And sometimes that is nobody’s fault.

So I’m counting my many blessings of having everyone love each other so strongly it carries them through a lifetime and into their children.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookies. Need I say more?
  • I’m on my way to making it back into my clothes again without stretching them out of shape any longer.
  • I hope that people take the time to research and learn about the people they are voting for. All the way down to the local levels. Hey, I can wish, can’t I?
  • Way to go WEATHER. Sunshine and warm after an ugly start.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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