Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014 -The Year For Family

"The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege." ~ Charles Kuralt
After getting through the holidays and a busy start to 2014, it dawned on me that I have not posted an update on my blog in three months. The last post was about our trip to Italy. Since then, a lot has happened professionally and in my personal life. I thought about writing about those events but it is a new year so time start fresh. As I started writing for this post, I had to rush to Tennessee last week for my uncle's funeral. His death has made me realize what is the most important thing in life, family. The few days that I was there, we laughed, hugged, told stories, remembered, visited, and let bygones be bygones. It has been ages since we were all together. I missed my other two uncle's funerals, my wife told me I needed to get down there this time and it would be good for me to be around everyone. "You need good dose of Tennessee!" is what she said. Since moving to Maine, or Southern Canada as some family members refer to Maine, it has been harder for my wife and I to get back to our childhood homes to visit. As we get older, the importance of family reunions, visits, and special events such as weddings and graduations is magnified. We need to enjoy each others company and discard any past drama or spats. None of us will know when the phone will ring with not-so-happy news. Or when we will be subject of such news. I will miss my Uncle Eddie. He was a good person with a kind heart and would do anything for you without asking for anything in return. His last good deed was to bring us all together to celebrate his life and our family.

I tried keeping this blog for more of my professional news and events with a sprinkle of personal stuff. For 2014 and beyond, I want add more personal events and general thoughts. Some will have photos while others will be just words or musings. Thanks for following the past few years and I hope you stick around a bit longer.

Russ

 
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