Family Dynamics

As I sat in the hospital a few weeks ago with my aunt who was dying I began to think about how her death was going to change dynamics of our family. An email I received from my cousin on yesterday reminded me of this.

Several month ago I was pondering this as well and this is what I was thinking: All my life our big family gatherings on birthdays and holidays have revolved about grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. I’d never really thought about it until some time ago but now I see that dynamic changing. These family gatherings no longer revolve around grandparent… they are in Heaven now. Now, it’s just aunts and uncles and cousins. With the passing of my aunt, the matriarch of her family, these dynamics are destined to change even more. Now, her oldest daughter, my cousin, has become the matriarch of her family. And when my mother goes on to Heaven, I will be the matriarch of our family.

I guess in the back of my mind I thought it would always be as it always had been, but that is changing. I guess our grandparents saw the same changes, I just never heard them talk about it and I was somewhat caught off guard because I had never considered the changing family dynamics until recently.

Someday, I will be the grandmother, my children will the the aunts and uncles, and their children the cousins. Someday later, my daughter will be the matriarch, the cousins will become aunts and uncles, and the cycle of life goes on…

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1 Response to “Family Dynamics”


  1. 1 Laura June 13, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    So true. The circle of life.


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