Monday, August 11, 2008

The Things in Life That Really Matter

What really matters in life? My list would include love, families, tolerance, forgiveness, charity, service, time, and a little sense of humor. It's also very important to us to get the entire Booker family together once a year. That's not an easy task when you consider the miles between us and the busy schedules of two parents, eight adult children, their five spouses, and our eight grandchildren (#9 is due next February). We have successfully pulled it off for two years in a row now and we're already planning the 2009 reunion!
Last year we had a fun-filled reunion in Oceanside, CA where every single member of the family was present. This year we chose Park City, UT and were able to include my mother who will be 81 in a few weeks. For the record, I think Park City is one of the greatest places on earth! The mountains are majestic, the air is clean, and the people could not be more friendly. We rode bicycles, hiked mountain trails lined with wild flowers and trickling water, took long walks, played in the pool, and enjoyed amazing meals together. Those activities are only surpassed in importance by the simplicity of just sharing "air time" together. Being with our kids and grandkids is the most fulfilling part of our lives. It puts everything else in perspective and brings balance to life. It makes hard things easier. It turns sadness into gladness. It puts more laugh lines on the face. It brings me to my knees in gratitude. I count my blessings each day for the gift of being a mother (and now, a grandmother). I set aside resentments and disappointments and hurt feelings and concentrate on the magnificent human beings that God has shared with us. I can't forget to acknowledge the most important man in my life, my Randy. He tolerates me without complaint; he never criticizes me; he showers me with affection and adoration; and he loves me unconditionally. He doesn't call attention to the side of me that is definitely from Venus and he overlooks my adult attention deficit disorder (which is such a distraction at times)! He works hard so that I can focus my attention on things that are important to me. He's just an all-around great guy and the best friend I've ever had in my entire life. Did you notice the slight dose of ADD that just pranced in? I began this post by talking about our family reunion and got sidetracked . . . once again! Gosh, I don't even know how that happens. I hate it sometimes. Anyway, that's me -- it's who I am -- the mother of eight incredibly wonderful adult children: Patrick, Jason, Jenifer, Dustin, Ashlie, Courtnie, Chelsie, and Tiffanie. The spouses they've chosen and the families they are creating mean more to me than anything in the world. Nothing would make me happier than to spend eternity with them. So, am I planning the 2009 Booker family reunion??? You bet I am!! A condo in Lake Tahoe or maybe camping somewhere. Gotta go . . .
P.S. It's kinda cool when you get sidetracked and pull it back together again! I prefer to call it "multi-tasking" . . . what do ya think?