"For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God."

– Romans 8:14

An Appreciation for Family

As I was riding in the backseat of my parents' truck headed to the burg, several thoughts were passing through my mind. I was excited that I was finally heading off to school. Most of my other friends had already peaced out for their schools weeks and sometimes a month earlier than I did. The other emotion I remember strongly was my being upset that my entire family was traveling right behind me.

I didn't wanna be "that kid" ya know? The one that shows up with both brother and sister and my parents crammed into my tiny little dorm room.  Well I was more than eager to usher my parents out of my building and just get everything situated. But before my parents left, they had to make sure that they had got their proper goodbyes in. Still thinking about how I was going to set up my posters and computer, my parents hugged me and I said a very quick goodbye. But my dad caught me by the arm.

Being a 5'4" Asian man that barely reached my chest, this was incredibly difficult for him to do but I stopped and faced him.

He looked at me through his misted eyes and told me that he was proud of me. That he was happy to be my dad and that he was proud of the man I had become.

Ever seen Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs? Well let's just say my dad isn't that good at conveying his feelings in terms that I can really understand. It's not that he tells me fishing analogies like Flint's dad, but he just has a different way of telling me that he respects and loves me that I haven't really been able to figure out or recognize. That Wednesday morning, my dad was able to put in words how he felt.

At the time. I didn't even recognize it. But in spending time with my family since I've been home, I've found a whole new appreciation for my family.

When you're distanced from your family it becomes really easy to forget about them, especially with all of the new opportunities presented in college.  With the chance of moving across the country next year to go to a different school, I have learned that family is a priority. Family is where you find your security and sense of belonging. I knew that for some this might not be the case and to you I am truly sorry.

I urge you to find that true appreciation for your family. During the holidays you often find yourself spending a lot of time with family but don't take this time for granted. Because one day, you might not have the time to spend with them anymore.

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