I am no expert at family relationships just yet but here’s my two pennies worth. We’re living in such times where the notion of family has changed over the years. Never before have we seen so many marriages fail and consequently we see more children growing up in broken homes than ever before. Never before has it been so culturally unfriendly to be a family raising kids with strong convictions and boundaries. It’s kind of frightening to see that happening in my generation.
No, I am definitely not trying to judge here or lament on our world’s degenerating family state. I am here to point out that we have the power to create a new family legacy, one that’s founded in love. I am truly convinced that transformation begins with us and with our family. I am grateful to have grown up in an environment like the aforementioned, thanks to my parents. When I say family, I am not talking just about husband-wife relationships, but also parent-child, siblings and in laws relationships. I know we’ll always get irritated over the silliest of things caused by our flaws and clash of personalities. If you watch Modern Family, you’d know that given the chance, each member will change at least one thing about their family if they could. But blood is blood and it’s always thicker than water.
I remember growing up the term “family time” has taken a new meaning for us as my brother and I were away overseas most of our teenage years. We’d savor every moment we get to spend with our parents during our holidays; we treasure our times even when they forced uncomfortable conversations out of us over meals. We may not always agree with our parents but the bond we have with them speaks for itself and we’d take a bullet for them. Family for us is a place where “we do love, we do grace, we do hugs and kisses, we say sorry, we do mistakes, we do fun, we do loud really well”. We won’t always that ideal family we wish for, instead we’ll have the chaotic, crazy, real, unique family we should be grateful for, accept and celebrate. And I am truly thankful for mine.
Whoaa! That was heavy. I don’t think I have ever spent so much time drowning myself in deep thoughts about family relationships before I was asked to write this blog. Anyways, recently we had our family portrait taken by one of the island’s best photographer, Adi. We had such a memorable session and he made it easy for us to be in front of his lens. It's always good when you're comfortable with your photographer. And of course kudos to our very own stylist, Dae for making us look good.
Have a great weekend and enjoy your family time!