Family traditions – Sometimes they change and we long for the past. Sometimes they change and after time passes we get used to the new way of doing things. Sometimes we realize it’s actually pretty good. This all sounds very vague and confusing. The connection for me was tonight we had a pizza and wing night with our closest friends, Nance and John. We have been doing this for at least 15 years together. When our children were young, we alternated houses for many years on Friday nights. As lives got busier, we were flexible with our plans and did our best to accommodate everyone. Breaks from college always included a pizza night reunion, but weeks and months now pass without a get together. The adults will occasionally go out to dinner or during boating season we might grab lunch on the lake.
Last night brought back great memories as Nance and I sipped wine and tried to change our losing streak in Euchre. While life has changed and I often long for the old traditions, we can be comforted in the fact that we need to keep working on our card playing strategies. Our traditions are alive and well, just a little different. Change is ok and life is good. We are blessed with friendship and laughter. Our oldest daughter joined us tonight for a bit and we know that when they are able the rest still treasure our pizza nights together.