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Family Matters Dad Said

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Family Does Matter

I remember growing up my Dad would always harp on us that our friends don’t matter, it’s Family that matters!!  We would shrug it off, roll our eyes behind his back and run off to spend time with our friends. I don’t know how many times he said that to us … maybe a million?

It took many, many, MANY years to finally sink in ….

Several home purchases later it dawned on me that he was Right! Over the years, we purchased 4-5 homes and all were relatively close to the family members. Usually it took 1/2 hour to 45 minutes for family gatherings or the casual visit, sometimes less, but never more.

Until we moved ……. Far away!!  

I thought I found our ideal retirement home with 18 acres, a beautiful lake, privacy, etc. etc. Everything you could ask for. I reasoned the kids and family would love to travel down to see us … all the time.  And they did, the first year or two, then they stopped.  It was a long trip …… 6 hours one way.

I loved my country home (and still do since it’s still on the market), but if I didn’t take the trip up for the holidays to be with family … it wasn’t happening.  Coming from a family of 7 – 5 kids, 2 adults … with the majority all in the same location – 6 hours away. I had to make the trip or listen to the phone calls each holiday where they passed the phone from one to the next …… wishing me Happy Happy and missing me, telling me what they were doing. Sending texts, more photos and the stories I was missing!!!

I couldn’t take it any more!  I moved back up close to them ……. 

Remarkable thing happened after we were there for 1 year … my son got engaged and we hosted his wedding at our new home (close to family) with 200 family members invited.

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I think this Thanksgiving I will tell my Dad he was right.  He deserves to know that.

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Social media is the key to reaching millions of people worldwide. I think back to my childhood and shake my head in amazement at the lightening speed changes have been made in communications. Our generation actually witnessed living without a computer to now possessing several, along with smartphones, and all the other gadgets readily available. We are still new to this and perhaps a bit reluctant to just dive in whereas our children are as in tune as can be and thrive on the remote speed and constant information they carry in the palm of their hand.

Thousands of memories are made daily with digital devices and thousands are just lost in space (I wonder where all this data really goes). I myself need to do an inventory of all 5500 photos on my laptop and decide which to keep and which to delete. I should emphasize here that I read somewhere we should make sure to print out those memories that are dear to us to pass on to future generations. Devices and digital technology will continue to advance and the smart phone or computer we use today may not be compatible with what the future holds. We have VHS and cassette tapes we can no longer play. Print copy will be around if preserved carefully.

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I have to fix the words I added to the photo congratulating Our Cubs, but this photo is definitely a keeper. After 108 years they finally captured the title of World Series Champions and this is a special moment for MANY! It was normal to sit at our Grandparents and cheer the Cubs on as we grew up, so this championship is Huge and I can’t lose the importance by letting my photo float out to digital outerspace!

Make sure you print your important memories for yourself and your family!!