The Family Circle

As I sit here pondering life’s many challenges I think of family and it’s role in our lives. When we are young Mom and Dad along with our Grandparents, brothers and Sisters, Aunts,Uncles and Cousins are probably the most important things in our lives and are of course our first family that we know.They are our support group and our sounding boards, our tree to lean on and to learn from. But as we hit our school years things begin to change and our friends slowly replace the more distant members of our family and we turn to them for our wants and needs a little at a time. As we hit High School a whole new family unit has been formed in our lives, We play, we party and we confess our crimes and misdemeanors to each other, we have girl or boy friends and  a whole new family again has been formed. As we got into our late teens and early twenties many friends and lovers have gone on to college, work or just vanished from your life, perhaps your Grandparents have passed on and your cousins now have their own lives in other towns and city’s and again your family has changed. Your family now may be the people you work with and the few friends that are still around, you seem to be separated from your siblings a little more and while you always expect your parents to be there you tend to drift just a little. And all of a sudden you have a new family unit to worry about as you have gotten married, had children and you go on with the daily struggles of life and you have narrowed what is considered your family. But time has a way of changing things and as you hit your 50’s your views on family start to change again and you are back to the beginning but now many of your immediate family are gone, friends have passed on and you turn to whats left of your first family and they become the most important thing in your life once again. It doesn’t matter what war is being fought, how much your City is spending on a theatre project, who will win an election because in the end you know you have done the best you can and you just want to hold your family tight because in the end they are your first and your last, because they are You and you have come full circle.

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