We live about thirty minutes from my mother, and about 90 minutes or so from my mother in law. With gas prices going up and the usual time constraints, it's not always easy to find time to visit with either of them, though we try. I enjoy spending time with both, and I'm happy when we can.
This past Saturday we treated my brother to a movie. The Three Stooges was playing, and he is a huge fan. My mother isn't one to still for two minutes, much less two hours so I took her shopping instead. We browsed through some stores, looking at purses, hats, and home decor. We shopped for some items we both needed. We talked. Before we took my mother and brother home we stopped at our house to put away some groceries and let them see the kittens again. I had made soup earlier so I put some in a jar for them to enjoy later.
Although we didn't do anything special, the time spent was precious. My mother is in her 70's, and none of us is promised tomorrow. In my opinion we don't connect with family near enough. In times past family lived close by, and in some instances several generations lived together under one roof. That isn't so common anymore. Relatives are spread out all over the state, the country, sometimes even the globe. We get so busy we forget to write or call, except the occasional text message. That's why I'm so thankful for time spent with family.
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