Every December we have a gathering of the Richard (Dick) and Beth Clark family-- my mom's family. Their children were Ross, Greg, Lane, and my mom, Alene. Sadly, there is only Uncle Lane still living, and the family doesn't get together very often. No bad feelings anywhere; just not very involved in each others' lives.
A couple months back my cousin Christy reminded me it was my turn to host and truthfully, I tried to get out of it. Back in October I was already guarding my December schedule, knowing how busy it was going to be. But after a couple of Facebook messages and a persuasive phone call, I was convinced it was a high enough priority for us to make time for it. And I'm very glad we did. It was lovely.
It makes me think of my favorite little poem:
The world is so full of a number of things
I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.