Saturday, June 10, 2006

Our Family

I read a quote from Ben Silliman and adjusted it to fit our family.

Our family has always shown remarkable resilience. We have not been able to change the direction or velocity of the wind. I want to thank my Dad for showing us how to adjust our sails. We have adjusted to natural, economic, and social challenges. We have suffered the loss of a family member. Sruti left us before we were ready to let her go. We miss you Sruti! Our strengths resemble the elasticity of a spider web, a gull's skillful flow with the wind, the regenerating power of perennial grasses, the cooperation of an ant colony, and the persistence of a stream carving canyon rocks. Our strength is not that of a fixed monument or solid rock but that of the human condition, vital, flowing, alive and energized. Our resilience is not measured by wealth, muscle or efficiency but by love, creativity, unity and hope. I am blessed to have such a wonderful family. Words do not do justice for what I feel inside. I am not able to express how much I love you all, how much you mean and have meant in my life. Thank you for being there for me, thank you for sharing this journey of life with me!
All my Love,

I finally gave the web address out to my family. I hope they do not feel obligated to read it. I was completely overwhelmed and grateful for the responses from my Dad and brother.

I cried so hard when I read the mail from my Dad. Part of it read, "A Memory" completely overwhelmed me. You capture the scene so perfectly, and I am touched by how well you remember those wonderful times. With tears in my eyes I went over to Carolyn and said, "I have just received one of the most beautiful gifts of my life."

Now isn't that just like my Dad. He thought a post I wrote was one of the most beautiful gifts of his life. So he turns around and sends me an e-mail that is one of the most beautiful gifts of my life.

I need to move away from that touching moment and tell you about the mail from my eldest brother. I was very fortunate not to have taken that sip of coffee as I opened his mail. It would have shot out my nose! I have to edit here a little: "Cool Blog! I really liked "We Survived." I remember walking down our street with a friend and we were both openly carrying loaded .22 rifles and it was no big deal. My God we would be arrested if we did that today!...." I wish I could have added that in the "We Survived" post. That was priceless.

I gave the site to my husband and son. I told them they did not need to read it. Well, err, umm, they are reading it too...

Out of the blue Joe said "Thanks Mom, I Love you." I asked him what he was thanking me for and he replied "I read the Northwood Drama Department Post." I gave him a big hug. I didn't even know he had been reading my blog. Joe wanted to write a blog! I started him on his blog and he already knows more than I do.

I am overwhelmed from the responses to my blog. This project is something that I took on for myself. I entered the blog world when a person I knew directed me to his website. When I finished reading his entire blog I began reading the blogs that were linked to his site. Of course those blogs had links to other blogs, and you get the picture. I left comments on the posts that made me laugh, cry, or were interesting. A friend encouraged me to join the blog world. I baulked at the idea for a long time. I am not confident in my ability to write. My Dad can write! Is it possible that he passed me a writing gene? I still have my doubts.

I feel a deep need to express my gratitude. Keeping it inside is like sitting here with a gift that y'all have given me and not sending a thank you card. I want to thank my friends who encouraged me. I want to thank my friends who are reading me. You have touched my life in a wonderful way. I am honored that you have welcomed me so warmly into this world of blogging. Thank you for the mail and your comments.


Blogger Cliff said...

Exceptional post Ragedy. A strong family is everything. Thank you for writing this.

June 10, 2006 7:23 AM  
Blogger cube said...

A very loving tribute. Welcome to the blogospere!

June 10, 2006 8:47 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

You've filled me full of emotion too, I am sorry for your family's loss of Sruti, may she rest in peace.

You have touched many lives with your passion for life, your unconditional love, support, special way of touching a soul, and through the comments you leave on our sites. You are a wonderful lady :-)

Love & hugs!

June 10, 2006 8:47 AM  
Blogger Suzy-Q said...

Great post! I must go back and read some more.......

Blogging is addictive. :o)

Blogging creates worldwide friendships, and expands our little worlds. :o)

Blogging gives us laughter every day and sometimes tears. :o)

Blogging gives me a creative outlet and helps me see the humor in my crazy life.

I like blogging!

I loved your very heartfelt post. You painted a beautiful picture of your family.

June 10, 2006 9:53 AM  
Blogger Skunkfeathers said...

You can pack away your self-doubts about your writing ability, Raggedy.


June 10, 2006 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a lovely post. Your family sounds so caring.

June 10, 2006 11:22 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog! This is a great post. It sounds like you have a wonderful family and you are doing the right thing by not taking them for granted!

Great tribute!!

June 10, 2006 9:54 PM  
Blogger Deb @ Sugarfused said...

How wonderful that your family is so supportive!!

When I showed my weblog to my youngest daughter, she made fun of me. I got over it...I realized that she didn't understand and there's no need for her to. My oldest daughter started a weblog of her own because she enjoyed mine so much. She's not had time to update it since the birth of her second child but she keeps saying she wants to get back to it.

*hugs* thanks so much for being here :))

June 11, 2006 8:20 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Very moving, heartfelt post.
Thank You for sharing a bit of yourself with your blog buddies.

June 12, 2006 12:25 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

I hardly need comment Raggedy, the folk before me have said it all, I can only agree.
The great part about blogging is this will keep happening over and over again.

June 12, 2006 6:41 AM  

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