Although these collages were our least favorite gifts at the time (after all, we were only teenagers), I find it interesting that these two hand-made collages are the only gifts that I still have from my teenage years.
Can you guess what value my mother was trying to communicate to us? You guessed it … the importance of ‘family.’
If you’re like most folks, that definition and value of family has taken its own twists and turns. Yet my mother never stops trying; and, she continues to be the champion of each of us, no matter how poorly we behave.
When I look at these collages, they bring up all kinds of memories and stories.
This holiday season, consider giving the gift of a family story … with the extra gift of sharing something new about yourself. Take the time to gently point out the moral of your story. What did you learn, and how has it served you in life? Trust me, if you take the time to craft your story into something more than family gossip, it will become a guidelight for your children as they journey through life.