“Knowledge is love, light and vision.” ~ Helen Keller
For our family this past Christmas was not like any holiday seasons that have come previously. For we as a group are in a time of many transitions – dealing with the health and care of our elderly parents, retirement, the empty nest syndrome, relocations and even becoming grandparents. Indeed, our world at large and close to home is murky and ambiguous.
Yet, over the past two months I have been given a wonderful gift. A chance to replace some vintage images of my brothers with contemporary pictures. Since I married, decades of geographical separation have come between me and the family nest. Lately I have been able to spend more time with my two male siblings.
Childhood memories of playing outdoors games, riding bikes, splashing around in the swimming pool have been replaced with exploring more about who my brothers are as adults. This gift of time has been precious and I’ve been buoyed by the kindness, caring and compassion they have shown me and our parents. Each in their own special yet different way. I’ve always liked the vintage images I’ve held in my heart for all these years of my two male siblings but the new ones are even more heart warming.
What I have witnessed confirms a statement I made in my award-winning memoir. “I am happy I journeyed through my childhood years with them as well as my twin sister.”