My brother took it upon himself to have a cook-out for the family and it was wonderful. As I sat in his back yard, I looked around at my family and the extended family members and thought how lucky we all are to be a part of this. I saw four generations of my family sitting in front of me. I looked up at the families two houses up and saw at least three generations of families there also. Happy people, enjoying each other's company, living in the moment. How fortunate are we all to be a part of this phenomenom, several generations gathered together. Nephews and nieces looking up to their aunts, uncles and grandparents; beautiful Peyton seeing her mother, grandparents, great-grandparents and great-aunts & uncles, and I know she will remember those faces for the rest of her life. We all make mistakes in life but we teach the ones we love the important things that they will carry with them for their whole lives, because we love them.
I came home about 9:30 and sat myself down on my porch to watch the local fireworks. I called my Ohio sister when the fireworks started to make sure she and her family made it home ok. She said I sounded like a five year old describing the fireworks. This was the most amazing night for me. It was as if they were putting on this display just for me. It filled the air and space in front of me like a giant TV screen, just for me. I laughed like I haven't laughed since I was a child and it was worth rushing home for. I need more of this; simple, joyous, uncomplicated life.
There is so much life out there, explore and find what makes you happy!