Families and Trees — And Being Together

Trees on the mauka side of Kapiolani Park

Good Morning, God!

How very blessed I am with family — our immediate family and our extended family. This photo of trees reminded me of how we are all separate trees but as we grow our branches intertwine. They intertwine more and more — if we are lucky. . . or wise.

I’m pretty sure our roots are even MORE intertwined. All those unseen connections — being nourished by the very ground itself. As You nourish us.

Today is my mother’s 97th birthday and we shall celebrate it with family from the Mainland — my brother David, his wife Barba, and our daughter Suzanne. We are blessed — to have my mother, and to be together! Blessed, too, that daughter, Sandy, came out earlier to celebrate early.

We are so fortunate to have families of friends, too, God — people we have shared lives with over the years. Hmm. Sharing. There are all kinds of sharing. And all kinds of “families.”

Recently, I was delighted to see a young man I know working at Kokua Market. I really don’t “know” Blake. But, I know his grandmother. And every Labor Day, for longer than Blake is old, we have joined with his grandmother and her children and then her grandchildren to celebrate the life of her first husband — and the life of our daughter Patty. So, Blake is family to me.

Being together, in space and time. Being together in One Heart. If we could but “see” God, it would look even more beautiful than these trees. Thank You!

Story teller,

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