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It’s Never too Late to Build Relationships

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It’s Never too Late to Build Relationships


Me and my family.

I was in Washington, DC not too long ago enjoying time with my brothers, sister, and sisters-in-law. Growing up as the baby in a family of 5 children put several  years between myself and my older siblings; over a decade actually. As young people the age difference created quite a gap. Just figure I was 5, 6, 7… when my eldest brothers were enjoying the crazy times of teenage-hood.

There’s a huge chasm between kindergarten and junior/senior prom.

Back in the day, we lived in two different worlds. But, you know as we’ve aged the chasm narrowed. Now we’ve all crossed over some of the big traditions and experienced the rights of passage.

Continued education, marriage, divorce, children, death… we are all over 40 and can share the joys of our maturity together.

So recently, we had this really cool experience. All five of us actually spent a weekend together. I can’t think of another time we’ve done this; at least within the last decade.

We did some “touristy” activities, but the best of our time was spent just being

Best breakfast ever. Made by my sister-in-law! Not shown in photo: eggs- divinely prepared

together. Usually over a meal (that’s how we roll- yum yum) talking, sharing, getting to know one another.

At times in my early life I felt as if I didn’t really know my brothers and sister, but now that time and age have chipped away at the vast differences that a decade produces when you are young, I am excited to really get to know my siblings and share in their lives.

Believe me when I say, “It’s never too late to build relationships-” except if  you allow the finality of death to creep in before you reach out. So if  you’re wishing you had a relationship with someone in your family, take a step. Jump out there and start building. It’s never too late to build- but there’s also no reason to wait!

| circle of life, family, love | April 29, 2011

About the author

Wynn Godbold is an inspired educator who stretches herself and those around her to new heights. Her work as a speaker, trainer, and administrative coach carries her across the United States where she spreads her message of inspiring teachers to reach children with authenticity, joy, and success. Her teacher retreats are known to empower teachers to love their lives. Teachers world-wide experience personal growth through the products and packages she offers on line. In June of 2012, Wynn kick started the International Academy of Bee Sharp Teachers. Wynn is Nationally Board Certified in Reading and the Language Arts. She has certifications in Education Administration, Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In addition to running Bee Sharp, she consults for the McGraw Hill Education Group and serves on the Educational Team at Page Turner Adventures. Wynn lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her husband, two sons, and the family dog, JR.

6 Responses to "It’s Never too Late to Build Relationships"
  • Francis Archibald April 29, 2011

    Sounds like a great occasion. If you have a print of the picture of the five of you I would like to have one.
    I am proud of all of you.
    Love
    Dad

  • Nancey H. Trowbridge April 30, 2011

    Wynn:

    That was a lovely comment on family and growing up. You have a very special family. Only regret was I couldn’t find a place on the screen to forward it.

    N.

    • Facundo May 8, 2014

      I had a rather hard time ciooshng just one type of physician I would want to work for. So many of them fascinate me, and with me not really going into any medical field other than support, I never gave this any thought in the past. After reading the list, I am more favorable of working for a neonatologist. It is difficult to think about how neonatologist physicians sometimes have the most difficult job in the world, but I can only imagine how amazing it would be to be a part of saving a baby’s life. I had a coworker once whose baby was born at 36 weeks, and her baby had a lot of heart and lung problems. There were concerns about whether or not they would ever fully develop once she had him, but after many months in the NICU, and many scares that happened during it, the doctors were able to save him and he is now a very healthy 5 year old. It is because of that I have a higher interest in the neonatologist field.I hate to say which type of physician I would care less to work for, and it is because I worry that many will take it the wrong way. When I was 16, I used to help my mom at an assisted living home as a caregiver. We would get to work at 7:00 A.M. every morning to prepare breakfast for four of the elderly men and women that we were caring for. We would then make sure that all bedding was changed, rooms were cleaned, meals were prepared, and appointments were handled. We worked 12 hour days, and they were always grueling. The owner of the home made sure that everyone had their medicine and made it to their doctor appointments on time. However, she was more worried about getting paid for her services than actually helping the elderly. She would yell at them if they did something wrong, and even call them terrible names. My mom reported her and we both quit our job, but it has always left a sting in my heart since then. It is because of my experience with that situation that I do not think I could ever work for a gerontologist. I know that the situations would be much different, but ever since my experience with caring for elderly individuals it is very hard for me to think about assisting a physician in geriatrics because I worry that someone else might treat the elderly in the same way the owner of the home did. I am a firm believer that the elderly deserve the ultimate care and comfort when going through any treatment and aging in general, but I do not think I could ever work in that environment again.

  • Clara Lombardi May 6, 2011

    How great that you spent a whole weekend together! As I read this, I realized I had done a reaching-out thing recently too. I have family in Italy. When I was 19, I met a lot of them there, and there was one cousin who I particularly resonated with. She was several years older and had a young daughter, and was really more in touch with my mom at the time. So when I got back, I’d hear news through my mom. They haven’t been in touch for awhile though, and it occurred to me that I could I could be the one being in touch! So I sent a letter, and included my email. And just a couple weeks ago, I got a note back. Now I’m also Facebook friends with her daughter, who is all grown up, of course, with a daughter of her own! You’re so right, Wynn, it’s never to late to build!

  • wynn godbold
    wynn godbold May 7, 2011

    Clara,
    So glad you reached out! Gave me chills.
    xo

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