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Dec 11, 2013 12:44:34   #
jmf6406
 
As I sat knitting last night and thinking about the posts I have read here over the past year, I had to chuckle. We KPers really ARE like family. We help each other with knitting and other problems, we laugh together, and we sometimes bicker. There are the ultra-conservative Aunt Mildreds and the ultra-liberal Cousin Ronnies who sometimes get into it hot and heavy. Then there are the peace loving Marys who try to soothe things over and the Uncle Jakes who ignore the bickering and comment on something from the original post the thread of which got lost in all the squabbling. All in all though, we love our crafting, we love to do and make things for others and we love our other KPers. Not a bad family, huh?
 
Dec 11, 2013 12:47:43   #
Jimmy'swife (a regular here)
 
I'm glad I joined the family. I've learn a lot in my lurking and then joining.
Dec 11, 2013 13:04:42   #
user102348
 
Very nicely said jmf. Everytime my husband walks by me and I am looking down at my phone he asks how the world's knitters are doing. I do spend a lot of time on this forum (it is even my "homepage" when I go onto the internet). Guess I am hooked.
Dec 11, 2013 13:11:28   #
dkwolf
 
I agree with your assessment and analogy! And this is the time of year that many families are gathering, with individual members having mixed feelings of joy and dread at seeing everyone. This year, all five of my husband's adult children are going to be here for our christmas; we all know that there may be drama, but none of us see it clearly enough to realize that we each ourselves have a claim in it. We all are going in with heightened emotions and worries and built up giddiness and so when something does occur, we tend to react disproportionately so.

So this year, I've been tidying up and readying the house for a large family. As I do so, I am thinking of how perhaps if I don't react impulsively with hurt or anger or scold, then I might be able to defuse the situations from being potentially explosive. It doesn't entirely rest with me, but neither am I completely absolved.

This gathering has the potential to be the best christmas ever. We have new family members, babies, children, dogs, more mature adult children, new jobs, new houses, lots of good things. SO this is going to be a good gathering and I am remaining calm, centered, and curious.

Thanks for reading my affirmations. I wanted to put them into words to make them more concrete and this seemed like an appropriate post to put them! I hope everyone's holidays are wonderful, whether you are traveling or staying home, whether you are looking forward to christmas or the new year, whether your family is large or small, may your holidays bring your joy and peace.

grins, debra
Dec 11, 2013 13:21:56   #
janis blondel (a regular here)
 
Well said. We are a family, we laugh with each other, cry with each other, we are there for the good times and the bad, sometimes to give advice sometimes to listen. It's a family to which I am glad I belong. Hugs and love to you all. :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
Dec 11, 2013 13:45:17   #
Montana Gramma (a regular here)
 
dkwolf wrote:
I agree with your assessment and analogy! And this is the time of year that many families are gathering, with individual members having mixed feelings of joy and dread at seeing everyone. This year, all five of my husband's adult children are going to be here for our christmas; we all know that there may be drama, but none of us see it clearly enough to realize that we each ourselves have a claim in it. We all are going in with heightened emotions and worries and built up giddiness and so when something does occur, we tend to react disproportionately so.

So this year, I've been tidying up and readying the house for a large family. As I do so, I am thinking of how perhaps if I don't react impulsively with hurt or anger or scold, then I might be able to defuse the situations from being potentially explosive. It doesn't entirely rest with me, but neither am I completely absolved.

This gathering has the potential to be the best christmas ever. We have new family members, babies, children, dogs, more mature adult children, new jobs, new houses, lots of good things. SO this is going to be a good gathering and I am remaining calm, centered, and curious.

Thanks for reading my affirmations. I wanted to put them into words to make them more concrete and this seemed like an appropriate post to put them! I hope everyone's holidays are wonderful, whether you are traveling or staying home, whether you are looking forward to christmas or the new year, whether your family is large or small, may your holidays bring your joy and peace.

grins, debra
I agree with your assessment and analogy! And thi... (show quote)


Count to 10 , heck count to a hundred if you think it would help before responding to a sensitive quip. When my Mum started to hum a little we knew she was gathering her thoughts before response!! As we got older and could tease we would say "hummmmmm"? waiting!! Merry Christmas and may all be calm and peaceful.
 
Dec 11, 2013 14:06:24   #
knittingcanuk
 
I think the one thing that unites us all is our love of giving. Just my two cents worth.
Dec 11, 2013 14:41:30   #
Shellie
 
I love this assessment. I am a newer member to the family, and felt instantly welcomed :)
Dec 11, 2013 19:48:37   #
standsalonewolf
 
:thumbup:
Dec 11, 2013 20:15:32   #
not enough yarn
 
So which one of the kp family is sister Carol she is the one who just has to use the bathroom when it's time to do the dishes. LOL
Dec 12, 2013 07:27:04   #
mollyannhad
 
I agree with this --Merry Christmas to my family! You are people that I can share with!
 
Dec 12, 2013 07:45:34   #
shepherd (a regular here)
 
Glad to be a part of this "family", too - it helps a lot at times. And glad Shellie is here! Merry Christmas to you and have a blessed Christmas.
Dec 12, 2013 08:03:00   #
eggplantlady
 
dkwolf wrote:
I agree with your assessment and analogy! And this is the time of year that many families are gathering, with individual members having mixed feelings of joy and dread at seeing everyone. This year, all five of my husband's adult children are going to be here for our christmas; we all know that there may be drama, but none of us see it clearly enough to realize that we each ourselves have a claim in it. We all are going in with heightened emotions and worries and built up giddiness and so when something does occur, we tend to react disproportionately so.

So this year, I've been tidying up and readying the house for a large family. As I do so, I am thinking of how perhaps if I don't react impulsively with hurt or anger or scold, then I might be able to defuse the situations from being potentially explosive. It doesn't entirely rest with me, but neither am I completely absolved.

This gathering has the potential to be the best christmas ever. We have new family members, babies, children, dogs, more mature adult children, new jobs, new houses, lots of good things. SO this is going to be a good gathering and I am remaining calm, centered, and curious.

Thanks for reading my affirmations. I wanted to put them into words to make them more concrete and this seemed like an appropriate post to put them! I hope everyone's holidays are wonderful, whether you are traveling or staying home, whether you are looking forward to christmas or the new year, whether your family is large or small, may your holidays bring your joy and peace.

grins, debra
I agree with your assessment and analogy! And thi... (show quote)


You have both reminded me to act, NOT REACT!
Dec 12, 2013 08:16:08   #
Rita Ann
 
You are so right...WE Are FAMILY.........
Dec 12, 2013 08:22:09   #
boring knit
 
Glad to be a part of this family. I've just had an early Christmas and I know just what you mean. I tried to keep a lid on everything ( no judging or saying what I felt at times) just tried to keep all of them happy. After all, we've all got our load to bear. Glad to say it went off swimmingly. Good luck with your house full. Merry Christmas.
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