The Evans Family
Family Over Everything !
|Posted by M. Darlene Carson on May 31, 2009 at 7:49 AM|
As I look back upon time, I can say with pure recollection that family is one of the most important aspects of my life. My upbringing made me who I am and my family environment, the way I was raised defined who I am today. My mother taught me values, work ethic, and to love the Lord. Some of the barrage of information that I acquired over those years growing up, I applied while some of the others I wish to forget. Yet the simple fact remains that I am a natural by product of how my mother raised me.
I find my identity in family relationships because I am a product of my parents, my aunts and my uncles. The earliest memories I have, are memories of my aunts and uncles who came around and ensured that I knew who they were and who my cousins were. They are my blood and those memories can never be taken away from me. I remember that the times I spent with them brought meaning, love and acceptance to my young mind. It gave me peace, comfort and joy. I couldn't wait to spend time with them.
In this respect, for me, it remains of the utmost importance to initiate, cultivate, maintain, and prioritize family relationships. To teach my children, young cousins, nieces and nephews how important blood and family really is. Although, it often seems that not many others hold it as an urgent need and distance themselves from family, we owe it to our ancestry to remember and sow seeds that will continue to grow long after we who will soon become the elders are gone.
The fact is, no matter how hard you try, you can never extricate yourself from your family. They are integral to who you are and no matter how hard you try to distance yourself from them, the closer they become. I say, why fight that feeling? We were all placed in the Evans family for a reason, for Divine purpose -- and it is unthinkable that we would consider life without one another. Let's stick closer than we could ever reasonably hope or think. We should all embrace the opportunity rather than minimize it.
I am thankful to all of my elders for what they taught us and I hope to be the same source of strength that they were to me at a young age to them in their old age.
For the Love of Family ~