I googled the term “Family Values” and came up with a series of interviews done by the British newspaper, The Guardian. One interview quoted Tommy Hilfiger’s comments about his father, and how his father apologized for not being a better dad when Tommy was growing up. Tommy said his father was very demanding and difficult to please, but in the end, Tommy was grateful for the values he learned. I’m not into fashion, but Tommy Hilfiger has been a brand even I have seen around for years. The interview also told about his children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum. And of course, this made me feel as if I could understand at least that part of his life. He said he and his wife support “Autism Matters” and that’s a good thing. I’m sure his money is very valued in that organisation!
The media talks a lot about family values. Some view the demise of traditional values as a good thing, believing we need to embrace all types of families. What does God see as the right values for a family? That is the most important opinion to me, and what I hope to pass on to my children and my children’s children.
Many Shapes and Sizes
I’ve written before about my mother and her values. Both my parents are great examples of beautiful family values. My dad is ninety-five, and has dementia at times. But before we leave his room at the nursing home, he always wishes us God’s blessings and likes to have prayer as a “family.”
When you talk about a family consisting of many shapes and sizes, I think ours qualifies. As the sixth one in a line up of ten children, I was mostly considered a nuisance. By the time my baby sister came along nine years later, my older siblings were grown up enough to treat her like a little princess. Of course, her excuse now is that she can’t help it that she was spoiled. So yes, I am the one who still gets teased about all my faux pas as a child. “There was a little girl who had a big scar, right in the middle of her forehead.” I was just making faces into the stainless steel side of the huge family toaster. How was I to know that it could get that hot! Fifty years later, the misquoted rhyme still comes up once in awhile.
Our family definitely values memories!
Of all shapes and sizes.
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