The P.A.

A weekly address from Patrick Adams,
President of St. Louis Community Credit Union

My Family Is Awesome

On January 5th, 2015, posted in: Uncategorized by 1 Comment

happy family portrait“I have something you don’t have.” Remember that kid? He would show up at school after the holiday break with an attitude and a smirk that both needed some adjustment when the teacher wasn’t looking.

Well, at the risk of sounding a little snarky: “I have something you don’t have.” But so do you. It’s called our family. And the holiday season is a vivid reminder of how unique each and every one of our family trees truly are.

If your family tree is like mine, it is sprawling and goes in every direction. It does not have the splendid balance of a perfectly shaped Bradford pear.

I love my family — all of them, even when the similarities are distant. You would never guess that the blood that courses through our respective veins is the same, but at the end of the day, it is what it is — they’re kinfolk, and they’re uniquely mine.

You’ve seen the family portraits where all 43 people are coordinated in their matching sweaters and khakis. They look like they’ve stepped out of a Nordstrom catalog. They’re all beautiful, with chiseled features and perfect teeth. Not mine.

First, to get us all in a family photo requires either the tap to run out or the TV to stop working. And there is absolutely no chance of matching attire. We pride ourselves on individuality. Our look would be more apt to be seen in a TJ Maxx photo shoot, if TJ Maxx did photo shoots of 43 people hanging out in a crowded kitchen, demolishing what was left of a ham.

My family is awesome. We are simple, loving, kind people who love to laugh. We are God-fearing and law-abiding (well, most of us), and we would give you the shirts off our backs (if you like the TJ Maxx kind of shirts). Eating dominates over drinking — until all the old folks go home, and then the younger generations really can put the spirits away.

We don’t exchange presents, only memories — about lives we’ve lived and loves we’ve lost. We talk about when we were skinny and what happened since then. We laugh about old sayings attributed to past generations, and the times the ol’ man beat our butts with a switch. All of the silly times are on recall as well. Like the time my sister got in the wrong car at the car wash. Imagine that guy’s face. Hilarious.

You know what we don’t discuss? Nothing. Everything is up for a trip down memory lane. It’s all done in love, and it’s loads of fun. Spending time with extended family, time that is usually saved for holidays, weddings and funerals, reminds us all that families are unique, quirky and beautiful in their own way — and I love every second of it.

Yes, I have something you don’t have, and I hope you have something I don’t have as well.

One Response to “My Family Is Awesome”

  • Kathi Kaestner says:

    I love reading these blogs! They are so you Patrick!!! You are truly one of God’s greatest blessings! I love you!

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