Last week as I wrapped up moving from the old house to the new, Mama, Papa, and Brother Buck’s family rolled into town. Since Mrs. Buck, Baby Buck, and I are the only ones in Los Angeles, I don’t see my family as often as I would like. Phone calls, Skype, FaceTime help us keep in touch, but nothing replaces spending quality time together. Although it was challenging juggling different personalities, preferences, and pace, I was reminded once again That blood really is thicker than water.
My brother, who owns a second home quickly surveyed my new abode. I eventually would have got around to them, but since my free time has been very scarce of late, my brother took time away from his family and gave me a crash course on my water pipe and sprinkler system, gardening tips, garbage can placement, and other necessary wisdom for being a homeowner. Since my brother has always been the Bob Villa of the family, I’m in much better shape owning my new home because of his lessons.
Secondly, most of our furniture and belongings were moved over to the new house already. But there was still much cleanup to do. Not wanting to spoil my parents’ vacation, my plan was to go back into my old apartment and do cleanup while everyone slept. When Mama and Papa Buck got wind of this, they would have none of it. We spent two days cleaning the rest of my clutter. If I did it alone it might have taken a week. At which point I would be penalized for one more month of rent. I felt guilty, but my parents consoled me by saying the main reason for the vacation was to see and play with Baby Buck and to visit the new house. To be honest, as my dad cracked jokes and my mom heartily laughed, those two days produced some of my most fondest memories of the trip.
Although I don’t see my family as often as I should, I cannot forget what they mean to me. Most of my time and energy will be spent caring for my own family. However, just as important are the loved ones that brought me into this world, raised me, and shaped me to the man I am today. They sacrifice and support me even when I am too proud or blind to ask for help. Thank you Mama, Papa, and Brother Buck. I am truly blessed to be your son and brother.
Make sure to take some time out of your busy life to appreciate your family today.