I found this video on a flickr stream that I follow quite a bit. I love looking at the art this family creates. Some of the pieces are similar to the kinds of things that I do (in secret for reasons that will sound totally insane).
The family is large (6 kids) and when they are all sitting around at the table, I get warm memories of my childhood – except that the pizza in the video would have had to be 4 pizzas and would more resemble my family dinners if the video was accelerated greatly due to the race to “get your share” that tends to happen in large families. It took me awhile to get used to this, actually – the knowledge that if one is still hungry, chances are that there will still be something left on the table.
I still yearn for a large family. Of course, mine wouldn’t have a Rick Beerhorst soundtrack and the children would probably be a little less civil to each other but this kind of chaos makes me happy. A large family prepares you for life in so many ways. How to negotiate with others, how to care for your own children, how to take responsibility for your actions and how to see the ways people, even from the same home, can see and feel things so very differently.
My sister’s wedding was on the 19th of September. My entire family was there to celebrate. My older brother and his wife, my two younger brothers, and my parents were all together. This doesn’t happen very often anymore. We are all over the globe and it is rare that we have the time or money to gather in the same place.
I miss my family.