Family Diversity

imagesWe gathered this last week like so many families to share a meal and conversation. We gathered both my family of origin and my husbands family of origin – at least parts of each.

We all look similar. A few have darker skin than others but that is not where our diversity lies. We range in ages from an almost three year old to an almost 70 year old. ( The much older generation left us over the last couple of years – sad to say.)

We have a group who are very social and can light up a room with conversation as they walk in to it. There were also those who sit quiet and alone watching the gathering before them.

Politics is not something we talk about together but you can hear the conservative group and the liberals as they talk carefully around some subjects.

There are also those with tattoo’s and those who would never thing of such a thing. There are people who only dress up and others in their blue jeans ( that is me!).

Those who will eat anything on the table and those who prefer meat and potatoes only – don’t want to get to near to vegetables.

Those who are readers and those who prefer the watching the sports station only.

We get along for the most part – although there are issue that hide under the surface with most of us. Those things that are just not working quiet right with in our lives. I won’t go into details – it could get messy.

What I do know is that for one afternoon and long evening 20 of us gathered in our small house. We laughed, eat, played with children and truly enjoyed each other for a few hours this past week.

As I reflect on this time of to much eating and all our differences I realize we are like so many other American families. There are flaws, issues and things that pull us apart but when it comes down to it we are all still family.

Here is to families and Thanksgivings that remind us of what we share together!   Love!


About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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7 Responses to Family Diversity

  1. Lori Kidder says:

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the gathering with too much food and lots of conversations. Our oldest was 92 and the youngest 2! What a delightful day!

  2. Glenda says:

    This is a gentle reminder than more than the obvious works to make each of us unique. Happy Holidays!

  3. Linda Baie says:

    It sounds nice, Joanne. Wouldn’t it be boring if we were all just the same. I know there are ‘messy’ things, but that you all got together and shared food and words is a wonderful thing. Happy coming holidays, too.

  4. Maria says:

    Celebrating diversity in our own families is such an important reminder. I agree some issues are really messy and need to be quiet. I appreicate your honest post. Happy December 1!

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