Thursday, March 21, 2013

Family and Extended Family Communities

by M. J. Joachim

This week has been so much fun. It started out seemingly slow and relaxed. Monday took forever to finish and lead into Tuesday. It was all good, and very productive too. 

Tuesday I showed my son’s girlfriend how to make bread – the real way, no bread machine allowed. While the bread was rising, we fixed a feast for Mexican night. Yum!

Wednesday, my daughter’s boyfriend came for dinner. We all worked together in the kitchen – potatoes and all the fixins! A favorite around here and another yum to be sure!

Family time is vital and can be anything we want it to be.

We have only ourselves to give to this world. How we choose to do that is up to us. In this house, there are no secret recipes. If someone wants to know how to make something we enjoy eating, I’m all for sharing it. If they want to hang out with me, so I can show them the actual process, I’m good with that too.

We’re a community here in our home. There’s a base unit, but we are not isolated and hidden from the rest of the world. We have our inner circle, which needs to be nourished, strong and healthy; if it is, the extended familial community will engage and everyone will contribute making the human family flourish all the more.

Happiness breeds happiness. Good times energize the atmosphere. None of it requires financial surpluses. All of it requires loving hearts, willing to tear down the walls that divide us, and plant seeds in the open fields (literally) dying for a bountiful harvest.

Thank you for visiting Effectively Human.

M. J.

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