What does the word “Welcome” mean to you?

Today I have welcomed my friend home.  She has been away for 8 months for breast cancer treatments.  During this week a few other friends have joined me and my girls in cleaning her house, cooking meals and shopping for groceries in order to welcome her and her family back home.  This morning my kids joined me and we went to the airport to greet them in person.

It reminded me of a time 15 years ago when we were returning from being away though only for 3 weeks.  Our situation was NomiMae our #3 child, had been diagnosed with a tumour.  We had been away for surgery and had begun treatment.  Coming home was a big celebration.  There were special friends to meet us – they had flowers and most importantly someone remembered their camera and we have some very special photos.

Today I when I think of the word welcome I think of celebrating being together.  We have the opportunity to do that for special moments – like we did today, but we also have the privilege of welcoming – celebrating being together – each family member each and every day.

 

 

Just recently I found “Five Minute Friday” where Lisa-Jo gives a prompt for bloggers to write about for 5 minutes – no extreme editing, no worrying about perfect grammar, font or punctuation.  Unscripted.  Unedited.  Real – or so the blurb goes.  So I thought I’d give it a shot.  I wondered what I could write in 5 minutes.

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