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“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” – George Santayana

As nature goes through seasons, throughout time, a family experiences phases much the same.

Like the delightful spring season, falling in love, commiting to marriage and the birth of a child are periods of renewal. Feelings of fulfillment.

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.” – Albert Einstein

Periods of relaxation and dreaming are like the summer season where families spend longer stretches of time together, such as family reunions and outside activities. Feelings of bonding.

As leaves begin to change and we and our children grow older, we’re starting to feel autumnal. This isn’t meant to signal finality, but it’s just a sign of phasing out the old with new life. Feelings of aging.

Crises and worry are times when a family must face life’s challenges together. Unexpected events of loss, a period comparable to the winter season, cold, gray and to some, depressing. Feelings of sadness.

“In time of test, family is best.” – Burmese Proverb

The proverbial egg that we grew from is our family. Everything about who we are, both our nature and nurture comes from within our circle of relatives.

“The family is the first essential cell of human society.” – Pope John XXIII

In terms of societies, it’s unfortunate that we grow away from our kin and may not communicate with them for long periods of time. Stemming from various reasons, we feel we don’t have anything in common with them and that our interests are miles apart.

“The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint isn’t intended.” — Robert Frost

Thus we may opt to stray from our roots due to the fact we’re overwhelmed with feelings to overcome. In the long run however, our past holds the importance of our existence relative to our future. If we do not accept where we come from, we will never appreciate and acknowledge the present and successfully move forward.

“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” – Brad Henry

The meaning of family has changed considerably over time. From a group of persons under “head of the household” to different groups of people and things collectively. In today’s world, the meaning of family has broadened to encounter different societies, different times and legalities.

In conclusion and my personal opinion, there’s not much as valuable as family. Folks that belong and support each other usually have a greater chance at happiness than those without family ties. But, as I like to say there are different strokes for different folks.

About Eugenia

Eugenia enjoyed a dedicated career in the insurance industry for over 20 years being rewarded both professionally and personally. Now it’s time for Eugenia to follow her dreams by doing things she enjoys…spending time with family, learning, sharing, traveling, writing poetry and encouraging others to pursue their goals. Eugenia’s writing and creative endeavors can be found at her blogs, Eugi’s Causerie I and Eugi’s Causerie II, where she has gathered a following of kindred souls who share her passion for writing. Eugenia has authored ebooks, “Fanciful Delights” and “Mama, me and Mother Nature”. She is also a published author on Spillwords Publishing and one of the authors in the FAE Dreams Anthology released November 2020.


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“Do you ever wonder why things have to turn out the way they do?” ― Nicholas Sparks

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