We often hear that family is one of the most important aspects of our lives, and we hear some say they are not close with family. Family sizes vary but no matter the size, cherish the memories made with your family.
My family is rather large in size and I try to have a personal relationship with each of them because it is rather important to me. When I speak of my family, I often refer to the head of my family, my 100-year-old grandfather. I am very close with him, most say because we look alike and we act just alike, but I will say we have a special bond. The response I get from most people when telling stories about him is, “wow, he is old,” or “you are blessed to still have him around.” While I agree with both those statements, that bond was tested this past week.
I got a call from my cousin stating our grandfather had been rushed to the hospital. I immediately dropped everything to be by his side. I traveled six hours to sit at his bedside along with my other family members and we found ourselves telling stories and revisiting old memories.
As days went by, and him still holding on to life, I have found myself thinking about our memories on a daily basis. I do want to be realistic and know that his time left with me is coming to an end, but those memories that I will carry with me will last forever.
I encourage each of you to hold on to your family memories, because often time’s friends fade away and you can trade them for new ones, but you can’t trade family! Cherish your memories.
Allison B. Hudson