It seems my emotions are on the surface a little. The cold weather brings back memories of January's past where I stood and said good-bye to my parents as eternity opened its doors.
I know how my cousins and their families are feeling right now so I wanted to be there in support. One of the most comforting feelings I ever felt during both of my parent's funerals was sitting near the podium of the chapel and looking out over all those who came to pay respects.
There were people that I had not seen in years. But upon sight, their faces brought back good memories and our eyes teared with gratitude knowing they took time out of their day to support us. You do gain much strength from others that way. Connections like that are so important - to me anyway.
Yesterday on Facebook I posted the above photo of my Uncle Gary for my family to see. It's one of my favorites of my grandparents and my dad (standing in front of Gary) his sister Janet and another brother Dennis. Many of my cousins on Facebook commented on it and laughed about who looked like whom. Some had never seen that photo of their parents and our grandparents before.
My cousin Michael, Janet's son, posted the comment, "More please."
I realized that his connection to the past through a simple photograph was just as important to him as it was me. So today while we are snowed in, I'll gather pictures for Michael, think about my family, have fun on a snow day and sip hot chocolate with mine and be so thankful for the ties that bind.