25 July 2010

Memories made on family vacations

In The (San Bernadino) Sun, Jim Matthews wrote a wonderful perspective on the real value of family vacations while attending his wife's family reunion. The excerpt below provides but a glimpse of his insights and inspired poetic expression.
"Family reunions are about hearing the stories describing our ancestors, recent and older, and understanding the sweep of history is drawn through a succession of short lifetimes. You realize through the years that blood, family ties, and community friendships, which frequently end up binding families through marriages and churches, are like drops of water in the rivers we fish on these reunions: you really can't appreciate your place in the scheme of things without the perspective of family history, just as one pool or riffle doesn't define a whole watershed."
To read this beautifully written article in its entirety, click here. ◦