Monday, November 8, 2010

Family and Friends

My aunt and uncle visited us this Sunday.  They are on a little trip through Nebraska and seeing various relatives on the way to my mom's.  I love these people.  I wish they didn't live 10 hours away so we could see them every week.  So we could do lunch and supper and shopping.  So we could laugh and talk and listen.  So we could take advantage of their wisdom.  We visited them every five years since we were married, until this year, and this five years we met at two funerals, their daughter and our neice/cousin, and our family reunion.  This five years it has been harder to get around to see anyone.  With teens working and going to school and growing up and not wanting to travel anywhere except World's of Fun, or some equally busy place. Visiting relatives they don't know very well, doesn't rank high on the list of busy fun.  I'm glad that before they turned into teenagers we had fun there, the kind of fun I hope they remember when they grow up a bit more and remember when.  

The kind of busy life I have now isn't always fun, and it does seem to limit long trips.  And Jim's schedules aren't much better.  We have a hard time getting employees, and the one we need to be able to organize and take Jim's place when he's gone, doesn't seem to be out there.

So, we ate and talked and laughed and listened and did dishes and shared our guest room.  We made the most of the little time everyone has when busy people cross paths with other busy people.  I'm always a little sorry some of those times aren't longer, but I'm always glad they come at all. 

What I really love everytime I see them, is how happy they are, and it is an earned happiness, it isn't happiness because they've never had anything hard happen.  They are happy because they choose to be.


Renee said...

You have said it so well, Shelley! We LOVED having them stop here, too!!

Dan & Cyndie said...

great folks...these fine relatives of yours!!! so glad you got to have even a short visit. I have come to the conclusion that a short visit is so much better than NO visit!!! thanks for sharing :)

Raimie said...

Lovely Moments! So glad you shared!

Lynisha said...

It was great to have a nice visit with them - TWICE on their way to your part of the state!

The J's said...

Ditto to all the above! We had such an enjoyable time with them.
Even tho I've known who they were for years, I've never had the opportunity to visit or get acquainted with them before and it was such a "fluke" chance that it happened!
I hope it won't be the last time either.
I loved your comment that "they are happy because they choose to be. Isn't that true!

Janis said...

Wow, I didn't know they were your relations. We have been at their home for Sunday meeting several times when we travel. Super special people!!