Sometimes, it's easy to look at parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. and see a sort of superhero standing in front of you. They're pillars of authority, great love and the epitome of family. They have been/are there for you when you need them; they offer advice and insight that silently demands your respect. And, you happily and instinctively give it, without thought.
But, then something happens that makes you see a much more human side to them. Maybe they get sick, or they get upset and/or cry - and you are jolted into the reality that this person feels things you also feel, and now it's time for you to be the comforter. And, when everyone gathers around a family photo album, seeing a photo of that relative before you were even born - is proof that they had a life before you - and they led it, gaining experiences and wisdom to bestow upon you.
It's all so mind-bogglingly beautiful, I think.Read More