Rediscovering Family

Me and my cousins Lisa and Lora

This weekend I took the family down to Southern California to visit family. This is family on my mom’s side that I haven’t seen in over 20 years.

It’s a shame that we let that much time pass. However when I was a kid we moved a lot. I went to 8 different schools growing up. And so our family ties were broken early on. Not much a kid can do about that.

I never really thought much of it to be honest. When you grow up a certain way you think that’s the way everyone’s family is. But after I got married I realized it’s not. Michelle’s family is very close. And so as I grow older I’m really wanting to reconnect to those early childhood memories of my family and so we’ve made several trips to L.A. (where most of the family is) to catch up.

This particular trip was really nice because even though we’ve not been close to either side of the family, my mom’s side of the family was pretty much forgotten altogether after I was 6 or 7. I’d only seen them maybe once since then and I was a bit apprehensive about going down at first. People can change a lot in that amount of time and I found myself wondering if they’d even like who I’d become.

It was a great visit however. It’s funny how quickly you can reconnect with family. Even though we’ve built entire lifetimes of separate memories, it’s those few that we share that forever binds family together. Honestly, it was like I was a kid again and nothing had changed. We enjoyed each others company, laughed and reminisced over old times, and even got to go to church and worship together. It was an outstanding weekend.

I’m going to make it a point to keep pushing to reconnect with my family. There’s a lot of broken ties that need to be mended, but so far it’s always been worth it.

here’s some more pics from our little reunion.