There’s a stigma in the American culture that has hit hard. We’re not paying enough attention to family. We’re content in viewing, and judging, the family lives of the rich and famous but decide to neglect the family that’s right in front of our faces. We’re raising children on TV rather than our own.
This may be a little harsh in wording. I may be taking it to a higher level than it may be, but it worries when when I see teenagers or young adults fawning over the Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy, while they’re ignoring their own younger siblings, nieces, nephews and baby cousins. Everyone is up in arms about the pregnancies of Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton and Jessica Simpson but has no plans to plan a baby shower or even congratulate a family member with child. Have we finally given up on our blood? Or are times so tough and uncertain that it’s easier to root for the familiarity of fame than family?
Today, Sunday the 17th, we’ve lost yet another Mother due to life’s tragic situations. Mindy McCready, a wonderful Country Singer, Mother, and tortured soul decided to take her life. For years she’s struggled with keeping sober, keeping sane and keeping afloat. What strikes me as sad is that her children have had to suffer along with her. I see family and friends popping up left and right to confirm her death, but were they with her when she was drowning in addiction? How about a few months ago when the love of her life died and reports were placing the blame on her? Will they now be there for these two precious boys that are now orphans?
We have to turn back to the simplicity of life. Family takes care of family, no matter what. Let’s make an effort to turn off the TV for a while and call that family member you’ve wondered about for the past few months. You never know what tomorrow will bring.