My reflections of a niece returning home to her birthplace and a family gathering.
Last week thirty-two extended family members celebrated the return to the UK of one of its loved relations. Babies, great grandparents, proud parents, brothers, and sisters shared the jubilation and joy of seeing someone they love who emigrated to Queensland ten years ago.
It was a poignant occasion.
A mother, grandmother, aunty, and sister-in-law - The importance of family
Everybody enjoyed the occasion.
They cared for these distant relatives.
I think for many, it was a powerful and touching event.
Families are important.
After everyone left, I was left thinking, considering, and reviewing why people travelled hundreds and for some, tens of thousands of miles.
During the darkness that night, I think I had a personal revelation, an epiphany, and redemption about the influence and power of blood ties and families. I may have neglected this in my earlier life.
For some considerable time since urbanisation, the impact of work, careers, and jobs, lifestyle have disturbed and disrupted the concept of family.
Roles and responsibilities have become more fluid.
Yet, the nuclear family and through blood ties, the extended family still has significance.
Do you benefit from or support relations?
A grand/great grandmother and mother on family relations.
Quote by a Mother, Grandmother, Aunty, and Sister-in-Law:
"I think family is very important. It is like the social glue that binds everybody together. I think the relationship you have with the different generations very important, especially as you get older it helps you stay young and in contact with new and up to date things. And I think when we have large family gatherings, it's good to see everybody that's related to you."
Are blood ties, across families important?
A grandson and lost grandfather
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