Thursday, January 10, 2013

Grand and Great


You’ll never guess what I could possibly be writing about this time!

My nephew, Brian, and his wife, Susan, came to Madison for a visit with their son, Ofori.  I’m Ofori’s “Great” Auntie and he is my “Grand" Nephew.

We had a huge snowfall in Madison, so along with Mary Ann, we all went snow shoeing and sledding. Not only that, the next day we walked out on one of the frozen lakes in Madison to talk with ice fishermen and to watch a pick-up hockey game.  These were unusual experiences for me to say the least! They were also wonderful!

This is the second time I’ve lived in Madison, yet it’s the first time I’ve ever done any of these things. What did I learn? It’s important to take time with family, to tell the Grands how central they are to who I am and who I am becoming (read Great), and it’s important to take time off from the usual to do the unusual!!

So why are these things important?  Younger generations keep me active. And as I age, I find them helpful in reminding me who I am, and how I am connected to those whose lives I share.

Family.  Each person makes a huge difference in all of our lives.

How are you connected with family members, perhaps in a new way?
Are you Great or Grand yet?

Ruth Poochigian, O.P.
Madison WI


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