The Memorial Service for an 83 year old father, “step”father and grandfather stirred some thoughts about connection and an appreciation for how families come together on the basis of mutual respect and love. Blood may be thicker than water but a blood bond is not essential for a successful family.
I am a “step” mother, grandmother and great grandmother by virtue of a husband, and a partner. Both are now deceased but I still have two “step” families. In the latter instance, without benefit of marriage (by choice) or blood, I was accepted into his family, with grace and kindness. The bond is stronger than with most of my blood relatives.
By extension, this may be a stepping (pun intended) stone to connection way beyond immediate family, blood related or not. Humanity is family. We are all connected in some way. A firm connection is heart-based, open to acceptance and understanding, both coming and going, from you, and to you.
It starts with you.