Saturday, September 17, 2011

Strong ties

I had a nice visit with my Mom recently.

She will celebrate her 80th birthday this year.

My parents always made sure we (my 2 brothers, sister and I) recognized the importance of our immediate and extended family.

As the youngest child, I had the opportunity to get away with a lot more than my siblings.

Looking back, I was able, for the most part, to make good choices when a lot of other kids did not.

It wasn't that I didn't want to try something that might be illegal or risky.

It was because I always worried that if caught, it would bring shame upon my family.

Having a strong family bond usually allowed me to make good choices.

I hope it will do the same for my kids.

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