Monday, January 19, 2009

A girls weekend (and mariachis!)


This weekend, I was surrounded by my mother, grandmother, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, family friends... all the women in my life who have formed my ideas, inspired me, and encouraged me to be myself.
Friday I attended my mom's half sister's 86th birthday. I was impressed by family, extended family, the fact that we somehow manage to keep people in our lives, that it is important and grows more important over the years.
Then, on saturday, my mom and sisters came up and we also met my uncle's new fiancee from China--There was warmth among everyone, genuine politeness, welcoming embraces, patience, and courtesy. When I see the way my family treats others, it makes me proud to be a part of their lives.
Sunday, my mom, sister and I visited with my best friend Robin, her mother and fiancee to discuss wedding details. I felt so privileged to be so involved in such a personal time in my friend's life...to be like family to someone who is not. How often do the florist(my mom)and photographer(my sister)get invited to lunch and spend an entire afternoon with the bride and her mom?
Then, we had a 'girls' night with wii, pizza, and popcorn. There were nine of us ranging from age 11 to 83. It was mostly just a bunch of lying around and laughing--towards the end of the evening my aunt brought out some old albums and shared some wonderful memories with us.
Of course I missed my dad, and my boyfriend, but I was so grateful to be with all the ladies in my life.
And to top it off, mariachis were the surprise entertainment at the birthday on friday--that's like icing on the cake.
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