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
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!