How to choose family

Family is only as distant as we allow ourselves to be.Brian opened the door for me and I slid into the back seat of a taxi cab for our 10-minute ride deeper into downtown San Diego.

Are you here for business or for vacation, the driver asked as we passed palm trees and then drove by street lamps that curved into modern art.

Both, we answered. I would spend my day attending a conference, while my husband walked to a maritime museum and searched for the best seafood.1cab

2cabI make sure to go on vacation every year, he said. It’s important to get away, and I have family I need to see.

In Denmark. In London. In parts of Canada.

I have about 1,200 family members, he said as we passed a Marriott and a Hyatt. Some people I haven’t seen in 22 years. Some I’ve only spoken to on the phone or on the computer.

“How many brothers and sisters do you have?” Brian asked.

Four brothers and two sisters, he said, before telling us how many children and grandchildren each of them had. And he knew details. How this one wanted a boy after so many girls. How that one told her mother such-and-such.

They weren’t just names written in cursive on the family tree, they were written in his heart. They were family. All of them.

Brian paid him for the ride, and I stepped up on the curb and silently thanked God for the reminder that family is only as distant as we allow ourselves to be.

If you are looking for ways to stay in touch with young friends and family members, I’ve written about that here – and I’ve spent time talking about ways to write more letters, too.

Today, though, the kind people at Kawaii Box are making it easier for one of you to reach out to family. They are giving away a one-month subscription to Kawaii Box, which sends a box each month packed with 10 to 12 cute stationery and kid items from Japan, along with a fun treat to sample.

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If you need a birthday gift, consider a one-time box for $19.80 – or subscribe all year for $17.90 a month. Shipping is included in the cost but consider ordering early if it is a gift. A box that is traveling that far can get delayed or lost. (Their customer service is great and they will help you if run into any problems, but you don’t want a young friend to have to wait!)

So, would you like a chance to win? Click here!

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