I am a Southern girl, born and raised in Alabama. In fact, my parents still live in the house where I spent my childhood. Now that’s roots. Ever hear the phrase “don’t forget your roots?” To me, that means that you have to remember your family, and how you were raised. You can’t turn your back on your values, no matter where you end up making your home.
Something that my mom always used to tell me is that blood is thicker than water. I never understood what that meant as a kid. Is that technically even true, in the literal sense? I doubt it. However, the meaning behind it is this: that your family is behind you, even when no one else is. That they will never give up on you, no matter that.
Sadly, we live in a world where this isn’t always the case. Values seem to be a thing of the past, and families often ignore one of their own in trouble, just because they do something the family doesn’t agree with. How often have we heard about a friend being disowned because their family doesn’t agree with their sexuality, or the fact that they got pregnant out of wedlock? There are many, many more reasons. This is a disturbing trend in the world of late.
These are just some thoughts rambling around in my head right now. Sometimes, I wish my girls didn’t have to be raised in such a world. All I can do is do my best to raise them to follow these values, and the best way to do that is to lead by example.