Saturday, February 28, 2009

The 'Brady Bunch'


What you're looking at is a first..... the first photo of all seven of us 'kids' from the union of Mom and Dad over 28 years ago. We were the scruffy version of 'The Brady Bunch' and we gave 'Carol and Mike' fodder for many of those 'in the bed' conversations. We haven't always seen eye-to-eye, but with struggles and strife in life, come lessons of wisdom and acceptance. The coming together started five years ago when Mom passed away. This week brought us even closer together. To appreciate the poignancy of this photo, you'd need to understand that between some, there has been over five years of no communication. That we were all able to put aside our qualms yesterday at our dad's funeral and come together for a photo, and actually SMILE is a testament to each one!

The memorial service was the best with touching memories of my dad shared with such a great gathering of friends and family. There were many laughs, probably a few more tears and even more gracious, a coming together of people that I might not have believed had I not seen it with my own eyes. Definitely, a hand of grace was over us.

Yes, even in death...there is beauty and grace.

7 comments:

Susie of Arabia said...

Life is too short to let differences interfere with familial relationships. I'm so glad you were all able to come together in your time of grief. Hopefully it will continue. Thinking of you from way over on the far side of this planet...

kimberly said...

i love your last sentence..."even in death there is beauty and grace"....and i too hope that the days ahead bring more of the same for each one of you.....it sounds like it was a comforting, loving time....
thinking of you dear girl.
hugs,
kimberly

Cheela said...

I am so sorry I missed the services yesterday and the "toasts" after. I am so glad everything went so well for you, Carol. You deserve a positive "break."

N-Search of Peace said...

I still have my popcorn ready!
Thank you for allowing me to be apart of what IS family....my entire day was of you and I can't think of anything better I could have done with my day!
Love you like a crazy women!
N

Chickenbells said...

I didn't know there was seven of you...you are a wonderful bunch, and I'll be a whole crew of fun whenever you get together. I'm sorry it's for so sad of occasions though.

I hope March brings you joy, love and peace...

kimberly said...

thinking of you....hoping the days are filled with wonderful memories and peace.
hugs vb...
kimberly

Just Joni said...

It's nice that communication can be rekindled and indifferences set aside...surely your parents are together smiling at the togetherness the day inspired. Hope you are feeling peace and finding joy through some of the old stories that are probably resurfacing...