I was thinking about this last night; all the different things families pass down through the generations. It could be holiday traditions, or special recipes, or certain stories, etc. I know in my family growing up we always took camping trips every year. My dad taught us how to pitch a tent, catch our dinner out of the lake and skip stones on the water. We knew every year that we would be going somewhere new and it was always fun. That is where I got my appreciation for the outdoors. We were taught not to take more than we needed and to not leave anything behind that wasn’t there before we arrived. This didn’t seem like much at the time to a kid, but as an adult now, I can see the valuable lessons it instilled in me. And last night I walked by my sons room as he was getting ready for bed and I noticed he was rubbing Melaleuca oil on his face. I almost fell over. I always have to tell him to do this a million times before he will…I guess all my nagging has paid off. And I know he sees the results from using it so maybe it will finally become second nature to him. Another thing that hit me in the heart last night was a movie I had recorded and finally had time to watch. It was about a tortured family and how the kids were treated badly by the father. The mother always pulled the kids aside after and looked them in the eyes and said, ‘I love you Big.’ The kids wouldn’t say anything but as the mom turned to leave the room, the kids said, ‘I love you Bigger.’ It was a bonding ritual that happened after every negative experience and let each one of them know things were going to be OK. And as the movie went on and these kids became adults, they shared this saying with their children. It was tradition and was a way to communicate love. You gotta love that!
Have a great day! Jana