Monday, March 16, 2009
Reflections of a Cookie Cutter Life...
As I was driving home from my in-laws last night this came to my mind, Louise you live a cookie cutter life, a cute little family, married and living in a suburb. I can't help but look at my life and believe I do have what the general population would call a 'cookie cutter life'.
The reason I say that is partly because of my family and Conrad's family, both our parents are still happily married , his for 43 years and mine for 36. My mom's parents are still together this year it will be 61 years, my dad's parents and Conrad's grandparents were together with their spouses until one of them passed away.
It is truly amazing in this day where most of the kids at school come from divorced families or have had their families affected by divorce or separation in some way. There is so much hurt all around and I have been fortunate enough to have not been affected by what society calls the 'norm' these days. I am happy and contented with my cookie cutter life. Growing up with parents that have always shown and given love, in-laws who I love dearly who I call Mom and Dad and they call me daughter and do so happily(I hope ;) )
As I continued driving and my children were sleeping behind me I prayed that they too could experience the 'cookie-cutter' life. Is our marriage always perfect and smooth? absolutely not, it takes work and time but I know that with God's help we can walk through this journey of life together and do so happily.
I know that people reading this may not have had the same experience as I, others will have. What I do know is that all of us have our own stories to tell about how circumstances in our life has affected who we today. I felt that I needed to express how blessed I was realizing this on my ride home, it made all the moments of 'growth' truly worth it.
What is your story?