My dad’s side of the family had their annual family reunion yesterday. For various reasons, I didn’t attend it. However, I have come to realize that my kin folk are different from other people. It’s our uniqueness that makes us who we are and it’s one of the things I love about my family. In fact, there are several key characteristics I’m proud to say I have because of them and I thought I’d share a few with you.
What I Love About My Family
- A close-knit group. I may be an only child, but that doesn’t mean I’m lonely. I still live in the same town that my dad grew up in. There’s also some other family still living in town (as in a couple of roads over from us) and some other family in neighboring counties. While we don’t get together as often we would like, we do try to stay in touch with one another and come together when something happens. It’s for this reason that I consider my family to be my most valuable thing.
- A caring and helpful bunch. My dad definitely exhibited this characteristic. He was willing to help anyone in anyway he could. I’m not as giving as he was, but I think that my family’s willingness to help others is admirable. Over the past 10 months, I’ve been very thankful for the family members who have checked in on me and my mom, just to see if we are ok.
- Our sense of humor. I think this particular aspect applies to me, my aunt, and my dad. We manage to come up with things to say that others find hilarious. I don’t have the same skills as my dad did, but my mom has told me many times that things I say sound like something he would say. Seeing as how this site is called Laughing Lindsay, I’m sure you can understand how highly I value a good sense of humor and that’s in large part due to my father. He was always able to make me laugh and to brighten up my day. That’s certainly one of the things I miss most about him.
- Informed constituents. Obviously, we don’t all have the same interests. However, we all try to stay informed on certain topics. My dad used to read the newspaper everyday, before he went blind. My uncle is an avid reader and he shares lots of articles on Facebook. I have always loved to read and I still crave new knowledge daily. I think this also goes along with the fact that I was told from an early age that I was going to vote someday, which meant I needed to be informed to do so. I actually remember paying attention to the news and politics as early as first grade. Now, this doesn’t mean that everyone agrees on things or that they support the same parties (because they don’t). However, we all try to stay up to date on at least local issues and we ALL vote.
Like I said above, there are lots of things that I love about my family. This is just a sampling of what makes my family different. What do you love about your family?