Time and Family


“Time always seems long to the child who is waiting – for Christmas, for next summer, for becoming a grownup: long also when he surrenders his whole soul to each moment of a happy day”

~ Dag Hammerskoldj

We were blessed to have these young women with us last night. I have many, many photos of these close step-sisters from when they were much younger and were often dressed alike in matching Christmas finery. Then there were a couple of divorces in the family and the adults lost their minds.  We rarely saw them after that.

Our role in their early life was to take them places to do silly stuff, to have fun and be themselves.  There is so much unsaid about those dark times but they are grown up now and so THEY get to choose who they will spend time with. It was a long, painful wait but the rewards are golden.

May God grant you strength and patience to weather your storm and may you find peace at the end.

NOTE: This photo is in the Amway Grand hotel. We were looking for Christmas sweets.


6 thoughts on “Time and Family

    • It was a difficult time. Not being a custodial parent or guardian I could not step in. For half of the family and their exes I was able to take kids out to the beach and other places even as the family itself imploded into litigation. I’d like to think I provided the children relief from stress. The other half was a minefield of domineering exes and narcissistic grandmothers. 3 to 4 years of well planned get togethers and day trips always shot down at the last moment in some weird game of control and one upmanship that hurt the children far more than it hurt me. I play it in my mind sometimes and I am proud of their resilience and the strength they seem to have gained.

      I’ve worked as an Artist in the Schools and as a teacher…and you can see families like this everywhere.

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