Sunday, April 05, 2009
Happy Birthday Grammy!!!!
My mom was born on Palm Sunday in Ripley, West Virginia, a few decades ago. Today we celebrate her birthday, from many thousands of miles away. This post is in her honor, and in honor of family sacrifice. As Scott commented today, the cost of missions is not generally extracted in eating grasshoppers or missing the air-conditioned mall. The cost rings highest in the loss of normal family relationships, the way that year after year we miss milestones and celebrations as well as the day to day passage of normal life. And that cost is born in extra measure by our parents, particularly those who live far from other family, or live alone. So here's to Grammy on her birthday, and to the rest of our family too, and to the parents of our team mates who also spend their birthdays without the very people they most treasure.