Why does it seem that at a time when families come together -- whether it be for a funeral, a wedding, a graduation, even a family reunion -- that the characteristics of people's personalities come out to the extreme? Both the good and the in-development qualities and characteristics?
One trait/belief I picked up from my father is calmness, being able to see many sides of a situation before making a decision, not getting upset at what other people do since the only "doer" you can control is yourself -- and maybe your kids when they're minors.
I don't know if any of you have read Terry McMillan's novel, A Day Late and a Dollar Short, but I think it's such a realistic portrayal of contemporary black families in the U.S., and I thought of the book a lot -- among other things -- while hosting a number of family and friend visitors.
Anyway, still in Michigan and Indiana. Interesting places compared to L.A. Will be going back there at the end of the week.
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