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Change. I've learned to embrace it, ride it out til the end. Sometimes I'm kicking and screaming, other times weeping with my eyes clinched tight. Once in awhile I ride like a dog in a car, head out the window snorting what life has to offer. Mother to young adult children, a marriage of thirty years, and a desert to mountain to valley waltz with God have shaped me into someone I never imagined I'd be. Life is short and I want to live it. Tears, sighs, laughter and change. Every morsel granted to me. Scrambled, shaken or stirred.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ A Headache Induced Twist of a Profound Concept

I've been pondering a conversation for several hours.

Of course that contemplation has been interrupted a few dozen times by random and bizarre things so my mind is pretty much an-end-of-a-long-day-sieve right now, but I'm going to attempt to share it with you, too.

My friend mentioned that she'd had a conversation with a relative about the family tree.

We all have nuts in our family trees, or bad apples, if you'd prefer.

The person my friend chatted with complained about the way a parent behaved.

She said she understood and could see where that situation/quirk would be difficult. But then she went on to share the thought that stuck with me.

The attempts made at healthy correction were likely the best that person could do given what they had to work with.

I won't use the example she shared but I'll make one up. Great Grandma A's father was a gambler. The household was never secure, her mother scrambled to save every penny and then hide them. Great Grandma A willingly chose to never be controlled by an out-of-control husband. She married a workaholic with the tendency to throw money at problems. Great Grandma A made a better choice, in her opinion, because her life bettered from what she grew up in, insecurity.

Great Grandma A's daughter, Grandma B, considered her parents materialistic and shallow. Problems were "solved" by her money flinging father and a mother who accepted this wealth band-aid. So Grandma B would choose differently. Instead she would not marry at all. What was the point in having a shadow of a father and a marriage based on money's fleeting affections? She bought a slice of land and created a world untainted by the world. Living completely off the land, she kept money at a distance, and men as well. Except for one. But just for procreation. She and her daughter,Mom C, were just fine, the two of them living in a man-free and untainted-by-money-nirvana. However, Mom C hungered for a father figure and married young. He was charming and affectionate and met her needs. However, he was a bit of a dreamer.

Then comes the current generation with 20/20 hindsight. The here and now. The mini or major corrections that each generation made to compensate for the unmet needs they had in their home of origin has shaped the entire family tree.

My friend's profound point was that most of us do what we do with good intentions and out of our warped reality. And maybe, if we just took responsibility for our choices and let go of perfectionistic expectations of others, maybe, just maybe, we'd have better relationships.

What do you think?


Kim said...

Kelly -
This is a LOT to think about! My family is HUGE into family tree stuff, and yes, sometimes they make choices to "correct" the past choices. But in my in-laws case, they cling, very unnaturally, to the past...trying to recreate it here in the present as if it would lend some eternal essence to the past. They expect us to value these things similarly, and we simply don't. Matter of fact, we don't understand why they cling to it.

So I guess I just proved the theory huh? We choose not to cling. That is our change.

Hmmm...how do you get out of this thought loop?

Kelly Klepfer said...

I know, Kim. I'm still thinking...and thinking. My way of seeing things, my experiences, my hard-earned knowledge seem so right, so comfortable, so common-sensical. So it stands to reason that those decisions we all make -- make sense to all of us when we sort out the details and decide who we will choose to be. And we all choose...even if we default to letting others choose for us. We are COMPLICATED for sure.

Birdie said...

I'm extremely blessed enough to have a fabulous heritage that wasn't marred by extremes. Same goes for my husband. So, I wasn't searching to correct anything as I set out on my journey trough life as an adult - thankfully!
One important thing I found out though - (aside from my family) you never really know people. They only reveal what they want you to see. How can you try to order your life via relationship choices? It seems doomed to failure.
So I guess we should follow peace, like the Word says. Seek Him first etc...That doesn't mean you wont have trouble, but it's the best way I've found to live!