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Leaving a Legacy

Last night we celebrated.

Twenty women woven together by blood, but more importantly, by faith.

As I sat next to my 86 year old grandmother, “The Matriarch” we grand kids sometimes call her, she whispered words of wisdom.

“Isn’t it amazing?  We all sit here, so different, but all one.”  She had a far off look in her eyes, seeing a bigger picture than my young eyes can see.

Twenty women came to celebrate my son.  Some of them I know so well, and others I only see every few years or on facebook.  My mom’s cousin and I chatted, trying to remember the last time we’d seen one another.  It had been at my bridal shower 4 years ago.  And yet she’d left her 8 children that evening to come and celebrate my son.  The ties of family are strong.

Great Aunt Dorothy spoke sternly to me, instruction on her tongue.  “You are very blessed to have a family like you do.  There are four generations represented here.  Be thankful for it!” 

She’s got a hard edge but the women speaks some serious truth, doesn’t she? Be thankful for the blessing of family. Amen Aunt Dorothy.

I’m where I am today because of all those who’ve gone before me.  My parents, grandparents, great grandparents and onward made hard decisions, decisions of faith which have given me strong legs to stand on.  I hope to do the same for my children, my children’s children, and their children as well.

My grandma often reminds me that she and my grandpa pray for the next 7 generations.

I will do the same.

So we celebrated.  We ate wee little cupcakes, fruit and cheese.  We drank lemon tea and decaf coffee.  We played “pass the baby” and were all in awe at how happy he was, even 2 hours past his bedtime.  We admired his copper coloured hair, big open-mouth smiles and the coy way he turned into his momma’s chest when one of the ladies spoke to him.

Another day in a legacy of faith and family.  Another day to “Be thankful!”, as Aunt Dorothy commanded.

“We are all so different, but we’re all one.” – Grandma, The Matriarch

1 Corinthians 12:12 “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.”

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