Every time I look at this picture I get a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes! When my Uncle Kenny (my Mom's younger brother) heard how seriously ill my mother was, he drove through the night to be here early the next morning to see her! She visited with him for a little while that morning, before becoming too sick to keep up any conversation. At that point, he sat patiently by her side, holding her hand, and the love and tenderness between them filled the room . . . and my heart.
Mom shared some stories with me from their childhood later, and how they were just a year apart and very close when they were growing up. All of this makes me ponder the many brother/sister combinations in my own family. It is hard to imagine what those relationships will look like 40, 50, 60, years from now. Will those who are "partners in crime" share a special bond and scheme together even into their senior years? What about those who tend to be like oil and water now? Will age magnify or minimize their differences? Will they forebear with one another in love? Will they bear one another's burdens as the years go by??
I have no way of knowing what the future will hold. All I can do is encourage family unity and close family relationships now and hope that this pays off in the future. So far, my older children bless my heart by continuing to seek each other's company and counsel and to help each other out in times of need. I pray that they will all continue to build relationships with one another as the years go by!
While they were here, we grabbed a few pictures. This is Tiffany with my Dad and my Aunt Mary.
And here she is with Uncle Kenny.
Such a blessing to get to spend time with them! :)