This past weekend, I got a chance yet again to be surrounded by loved ones, to make new experiences with familiar people and not so familiar, a chance to make memories, to spend time not money in a way that enriched my life. Time and time again I am amazed at how many people I am surrounded by who treasure the same things I do. Time with family, deepening bonds, to not just be about one thing but the longer goal which is to have as many people as possible who share the same desires to expand their minds, hearts and ultimately souls.
I know it sounds like hyperbole, but as we drove down the mountain at end of the weekend, a deep contentment coursed through me as I watched my mother sleep in the car while my mother and father in law joked around, and my wife and sister in law sat all the way in the back of the large SUV, and that was just one car while there were two more similarly filled. More than twenty of us made the trek to be together, to share meals, laughter, inside moments, music, dance, the morning light and quiet, the bright sharp sun that kept the chill just at bay.
Each meal done by different people from the moms to their children to the constant baby talk from the 4 month old to the oldest (my mom), we covered it all, and my selfish heart wanted more of this, it wasn’t enough, there were some I wished who were there, the one I always want around from PApa to baby maasi to my sisters and their kids, yet the people there made it such a perfect trip that I knew it was just my own greed, to share with my loved ones since my brother in law and sister in law had created such a perfect birthday event which included so many when they could have simply kept it to themselves.
It is times like these that makes me appreciate them even more, at their efforts to make our bonds stronger, to ensure that their children experience as much love as they have from so many rather than a few. It can be easy to keep it small, but their determination to expand their world, and ours filled me with so much gratitude, and mental pictures that I can savor on my time. I can’t wait for the next trip, to perhaps copy their efforts and make my world experience just a bit bigger with others, or just maybe, I will get more time with the ones in Big Bear, and that just makes my world a bit better anyway.
Thank you Sabina and Rick. Your efforts are truly appreciated.