There are two kinds of people in the world: people who like to plan things far in advance and those who wing it as they go through life. I fall in the former category—sometimes to a fault. My family calls me the activity director because I am always working on a new plan to get us all together. Most of the time, my plans come to fruition, and everyone is grateful for the chance to be together again.
Now that I’m midway through life, I am more convinced than ever that it’s people who matter most. In fact, when you consider how relationships enrich our lives, everything else becomes background noise. Family comes first, for most of us. And even though we have a give-and-take relationship with our kinfolk—sometimes giving a little more and other times taking a little more—we know deep in our hearts that our lives would be emptier without them.
My mom is 86. She is doing quite well—a little forgetful, but functioning fine in her retirement community. I see her about once a week when I bring her groceries. She and I have lunch together and talk about this and that. It’s comforting and comfortable to be with her, to help her as she becomes less able to do things for herself. I feel blessed to have her and especially to be able to give back for all she’s done for me over the years.
Besides my mom, I am blessed to have four brothers who also enrich my life—and sisters-in-law who have become pseudo-sisters to me. We all nurture each other with affection, good advice, and a helping hand when things are rough. We share in each other’s pain and good fortune. We love each other.
As the new year begins its inexorable journey, my wish is that you are also surrounded by people who love you and whom you love. Nurture them as well as the people whose paths you cross. And if your family is spread far and wide, please take to heart our cover story this month and consider becoming a mentor to a child who needs you.
Happiness comes from helping others. If you need a dollop of joy in your life, reach out and help someone. You’ll be glad you did.
~ Peggy S.
P.S. Please call or visit a few of our advertisers this month. And if your favorite businesses don’t appear on these pages, tell them they belong here!