Does having regular rituals/traditional" get togethers" with loved ones preserve your closeness? Or,
do you think we should give them all away?
This is just my opinion so take it as you will.
That person that said “absence makes the heart grow fonder” was wrong. People live busy lives. The less interaction with those loved ones (or just relations) makes it easier to set them aside in your life until they are not a part of your life at all. I would argue that you should add more “get togethers” rather than less. Don’t just know that you have family know your family.
Growing up my maternal grandmother’s family would have a family picnic back in the (or near) the city the family originated in West Virginia. As her generation slowly died off these reunions went with them until one year it ended. Now I doubt I could pick a member of my extended family out of a line up. I miss how close these meeting where and now tight nit the whole clan was (even though sometimes I was sometimes treated as an outsider being from Ohio).
We as a society went from looking out for each other to eyeing each other suspiciously. We will spend a couple of hours in a dark movie theater watching trash but not one with people we claim to care about. What’s wrong with that statement?
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