When I was a kid and I would comment to my mother about the way other families did things she would always reply “You think all families are the same.” Of course she was right. I was little, and my town was fairly small, and really, it seemed like all the families I knew were pretty much like mine.
As I grew older I learned that all of those families were, in fact, very different from my own. The older I got the more I was able to see not only the differences, but that different wasn’t bad. There are as many ways to be a family as there are families.
In day to day life, I try my best to remember that different is good, and change is good. The thing is, I live in a very homogenous community, and few things change. (I have been married to the same man for almost 20 years, we have 4 children, all from this marriage, and we live in the town we both grew up in…the town our parents grew up in. You can see how I could develop a case of tunnel vision) It is not all bad, but it is easy to get complacent. Of course it is also easy to talk about how I embrace differences and change – when change is happening to someone else, and different is something I read about in the paper.
My blog is my small way of connecting, and expressing my ideas, and telling you what I am thinking about. Its a way to let people I don’t know challenge me or disagree with me – bring me out of my bubble.