That’s what this photo says to me.
I love so much what it is: a picture that captures a family who both love and like each other.
I also love what it was not:
It was not staged or planned. There was no marketing agenda or stylist or makeup artist or professional photographer or sponsor or Instagram intention.
It was simply a picture snapped by my niece’s then-boyfriend now-husband and it captured a moment of my mother-in-law, Joan, her two daughters, Marybeth and Susan, and their daughters, Cassidy, Kalen and Caroline, just being their usual selves. Simply showing the love they have for each other every day and the joy they have in being together not because they have to but because they want to.
Which is not to say every moment of life is perfect for them, or for any of us. It is to say that it’s the love from family and friends that gets us through it all.
I have often said it’s easy to be friends when times are good. It’s when times are bad that you find out who your true friends are.
I would like to thank each of you for your response to my last post, for your calls and emails and conversations and concern. Yes, a lot of sad things happened in my family last year. Likely, unfortunately in yours, too. But many wonderful things happened to us all as well.
Now that I’ve shared the darker side, I look forward to getting back to the sunnier side, including joyous celebrations, words of wisdom from unlikely sports sources, fabulous fashion and film projects, tips on traveling with style and oh so much more.
“We get by with a little help from our friends” is a lyric we all know.
I’d add to that, “family:” the one we’re born into, the one we marry into and the one we create IRL — and through URLS, too.
"Use the good china for breakfast."