Today is Family Day.
Family Day has been a recognized holiday in Ontario since 2008. It’s the perfect day to spend with loved ones and reflect on the importance of family.
Today, on Family Day I attended the Funeral of a dear friend’s mom. Her mother was such a special woman and loved by everyone who knew her; my family included.
It was honestly so befitting that her Funeral took place today, of all days, on Family Day because family truly meant everything to her and her love for her family extended well beyond the corridors for which she was so blessed to share with her Daughter, her Son-in-law and her two Grandchildren.
There is never a lack of comfort or support available to them from their extended family and they most certainly don’t need the excuse of a holiday or any kind of milestone as reason for a get together or to celebrate life.
Their home is one of the most inclusive and inviting spaces I know of and their door is always open; always welcoming the continuous overflow of relatives and friends inside; something I know filled their mother’s heart with so much joy.
As an outsider looking in it’s very easy to become enamored or even envious of the remarkable closeness and comradery of their family unit, especially if you are not as fortunate to be surrounded by this kind of unconditional love and acceptance.
Family doesn’t have to mean that you are related by blood or that you always share the same opinions or interests either. It simply means feeling a sense of belonging, a willingness to embrace your differences, being accepting of others; flaws and all, being there to celebrate in the wins or wipe away the tears and always having the ability to value one another no matter what.
I’m pretty sure “Buby Barb” taught us all who knew her a thing or two about what family truly means. You will be dearly missed.
FYI: Every day should be Family Day!
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