Family gatherings are always a big event for me. I'm not certain why.... Maybe because growing up, we always spent holidays with our country grandparents, with all our aunts, uncles, and cousins. We played outside, running wild. We sat quietly, in the library. But this was my life growing up, spending time with family.
When I was 19, I moved to Alaska with my boyfriend. I didn't know a soul here.... As far as I was concerned, I was in a foreign country! But soon, his friends became our extended family, and all our holidays and special events, became a special time spent with friends. These friends became my family.
Forty some years later and friends still make up our extended family list and holidays and events wouldn't be the same without them.
Today I'm thankful for my ex-husband and his wife. Our divorce didn't start out friendly and accommodating, but I'm happy to say that today we're good friends. And not just because we have the kids in common. He may not have been the right husband for me, but he's a good man and one I admire. Unlike most of us, he lives his life to the fullest. None of this pussy footing around, wasting time on a boring life. No, there won't be any regrets when he leaves this world.
AND we made good kids and they have given us our precious grandchildren. Life is good.