There are a lot of jokes about in-laws, but I’ve never needed the humor because I married into the absolute best family ever.
For an only child from the Northeast to marry a young man from Kansas who had eight living siblings was a dream come true. My mother and father-in-law were both the absolute best. They were role models on how there was always plenty of love and understanding to go around.
We’ve been married a long time, have outlived my in-laws, one brother and one sister in-law, and the rest of us are all getting up there in years. That happens if you are lucky enough to live a long life. 🙂
This year one of my brothers-in-law fought successful battles with both open-heart surgery and bladder cancer. It wasn’t an easy fight, the moving forward has been a challenge, but he’s with us and his quality of life is good.
When he was young, he lease a Texaco gas station to support his growing family while also attending college. He graduated with honors and bought into a local accounting firm. He has nurtured it into a family owned business that now supports three generations of his family while it continues to be a vital part of their small Kansas community.
A few years ago, he and his sons bought an old gas station where they could work on cars, watch a football game, or just hang out together. This summer the ‘boys’ repainted the garage, added a Texaco sign and his childhood nickname, Chub.
We all have families and work on our relationships, but some do it better than others. This family knows how to support, encourage, and show their love for each other.
Happy Monday, friends, and I hope you have a wonderful week and that you take time to reflect on your good fortunes.
My mother-in-law loved her flower and vegetable gardens, and my father-in-law loved picking his Schwartzenberries. So, I’ll be smiling while I’m deadheading and berry picking this morning and reflecting on my good luck to marry into this family. 🙂