So, I had the idea for this post last night, and since I’m trying to post every day– it looks like we’ll call this last night’s post. 🙂
I was struck last night by how different families are today as compared to previous generations. A few things happened that lead me to think this way. The first was the fact that I did a lot more than usual around the house because Virtuous Blonde was not feeling like her normal self. She does an awful lot! This got me to thinking about just how nice it is to be in a stable relationship with mutual love. I got to thinking about a lot of marriages and “live-in” arrangements that are made based on a feeling, and that when that feeling dies out, what will be left? I wondered how a couple that’s only there because of an attraction would do when the going got tough for one or the other. What would there be to keep them with the other person?
The other thing that goe me thinking about families was the news that a woman in her 80s that is a member of our church, after suffering a stroke, has decided that it’s time to go home and be with the Lord. She’s stopped taking her meds and food, and will no doubt be with her Maker before the week is out. This woman meant something special to my family in that, as late as last week, gave a gift to my children. My wife and kids visited her in the hospital, and her grand-daughter works at a local restaurant we frequent. This woman had many children, one of which is a missionary to Chile.
My wife got to thinking last night how that the generation that is leaving us is one that has a kindness and I would add selflessness that we don’t see a lot of in the current generation. They are examples, and the ones that had to live (like my grandfather who just passed away this past February) when times were tight and were responisble. I fear for the coming generations and where leadership from them will lead.
Take time to appreciate the older ones around you and to tell them how special they are.