I have had much on my mind (as usual) since I wrote this post, and my hindbrain was chewing on some ideas for responses to commentors' thoughts on what I should write. The one that has piqued my interest the most was TaraDharma's (although they all are good) and was what I had planned on writing about for this post.
The universe had other ideas. I was redirected by small miracles and revelations, profound and terrible, beautiful and sad. They all had me thinking about love for our families, our kith and kin.
I mentioned back on January 17th in this post that a cousin of mine was due to have a baby in the near future. That small miracle has come to pass, as of yesterday, and mom and le bebe are doing fine. She has a little girl, a beautiful little girl of her own. The pictures I have seen were quite the tonic for the weary heart I have been carrying through this winter that won't seem to pass.
The terrible, sad thing I won't discuss in detail here, but it involves a personal revelation made to me that took my breath away, and granted a clear bolt of insight and illumination into understanding another human being. The context and the content were mind boggling, and truly altered my perspective on the life I have experienced in the past few years.
In sum, here's what I was thinking, as I drove home from work tonight: Hold your kith and kin close, don't let them slip away, and make sure they know you love them. The blood that flows in our collective veins is a mighty river in which we may sometimes not want to swim...but flow it does, into the sea which gave us life, and love.