We had a party at my house recently. It marked a very significant birthday for my wonderful mom. My brother and I honored her by gathering all the family to celebrate.
And when I say all the family, I’m talking close to 50 people. They came from many miles away, traveling hours in order to be celebrate.
It was a glorious day of madness and mayhem and endless fun, with children running all over the place, guitars strumming tunes, people young and otherwise clustered around tables laden with food and drink, leaning in to hear each other, the walls ringing with so much laughter.
One sentence was heard repeatedly:
“We have such a great family!”
And we do. Every one of these people are great people.
The funny thing is, as a group, there are many differences:
- Different faiths
- Different political beliefs
- Different careers
- Different educational levels
- Different geographical locations
- Different recreational past times
In a lot of families, any difference would be a division. So what makes our family harmonious?
It’s an easy answer: love.
We love each other fiercely, tenderly, protectively. It was what we all saw in our grandparents, our mothers’ parents, Glen and Irene Rothell. They were humble, sweet and loving. Their love showed in every smile, every gesture, every hug and kiss, every word they spoke or letter they wrote. They loved God, they loved their children, they loved their grandchildren. They loved their parents and honored them. They were honest, good, God-fearing, humble people.
Grandpa and Grandma were farmers. They weren’t famous. But their rich legacy of love gives them more renown than any spotlight, stage or newspaper ever could.
The day of Mom’s party, we felt their presence, even though they’ve been in Heaven since the early 1990’s. Their legacy lives on in all of us. It lives on in our love for one another.
That’s what I want my legacy to do, too. How about you?
Thanks to my cousin DeRenda for most of these great pics!