Families seem to be one of the most effective proving grounds of mortality. Their relationships, whether complicated or relatively simple provide a never-ending supply of opportunities to fine-tune ourselves. Forgiveness, empathy, long-suffering, service, grief, joy—each is common and contained to those who have family: all of us.
Whether we’re talking about our family of origin, extended family, church family, family by marriage or family by choice, we’ve all had challenging moments and hopefully moments of delight and peace as well.
This month’s offerings contain different familial situations, and each provides us a glimpse into the heart-ache or happiness of another.
In Naomi White’s essay, “Cinderella,” she explores our childhood images of what is and is not family as she eventually wades through her own change in circumstance.
The two poems we’ve chosen to bring out from the archives this month are Merrijane Rice’s haunting “Sister,” and Elaine Rumsey Wagner’s celebration of her relationship with her grandmother, “Truth Beautiful.”
As we round the bend toward Thanksgiving here in the United States, streaking ever closer to the end of 2015, my gratitude turns toward the sisters of Segullah—those I work with behind the scenes as well as each of our readers. Thank you for being part of the Segullah family.