“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family. ”
― Jim Butcher

Embarking on this journey, I had no way of knowing for sure how long I would travel. A month, 6 months, a year … but one thing I knew for certain was my desire to go home to my family to spend some time with them.

Family is such a funny thing. We push each other’s buttons, we love unconditionally, we can be separated for months and even years and yet the moment you walk through the door to see your Mom, it all is just okay.

And my Mom is unique. She’s funny, she’s feisty, and she loves me deeply.

My Mom and I have very funny conversations. Most of the time I think she is egging me on, and sometimes I’m just not quite certain. This is an example from my Dixie Diaries:

Me: I have such a headache
Mom: You do? Why didn’t you tell me earlier? I have a hammer out in the garage, I can fix that!
Me: {laughs}
Mom: How about some Excedrin?
Me: I just took 3 aspirin
Mom: That’s no better than 2
Me: What?
Mom: It’s not better than taking 2. The doctor says so. Do you want some ibuprophin?
Me: No, I just took the other {me confused}
Mom: How about some Vicodin?
Me: {laughs – now I know she’s loony!}
Mom: What? It won’t make you sleepy or addicted ….

When I lived in Arizona, Mom would send me postcards with random thoughts written on the back such as “Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?” or “After death, hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off.”

These were my favorite things to receive in the mail as they made me laugh. Laughter is an attribute of the South Direction of the Medicine Wheel. Without laughter and joy, what else is there? It is tonic for the soul, necessary for a healthy existence, and crucial as we navigate these current waters in our societies now.

And this is my family, we are all full of sarcastic humor that seeps from the corners of our mouth.  It is a gift that has carried me through many of those darker times, and yet balanced with the ability to simply be – either with myself or with another.

I am grateful for the laughter at this time in my life.



1 Comment
  1. April Doyle 4 years ago

    Yeah. Family. Love them & have your buttons pushed & love some more. ✨

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