There are some Pagan religons that do honor the Ancestors and I feel I need to mention them to be fair. These are the Asatru, which oftentimes include many toasts to them in their blots and sumbels. And Voodoo that honor them like the spirits of the land and the Gods, or loas.
One of the things that I am planning on doing in my house is setting up an area, in my living room, dedicated to those that have passed on. I hope that, like many other religions (Asatru, Voodoo etc.) that they will come join my family and lend us their energies and wisdom.
But today's post is just not about those who have passed on, it is also about those who have birthed us, our parents. Just think when was the last time that you had a large dinner with all the members of the living family, or even a dinner with more then just the immediate family that lives in your household? I am guilty of this as well. Although I visit my parents often, I have not seen my last living grandmother in many months. These people are our part of our families too, are they not?
We live in a society that sticks the eldery in homes, far away from the general population. A society that has forgotten that many of these same Elders have wisdom to pass down to us from their long lives. They are portrayed in movies and on television as senile, slow and grouchy. And while we all have probably met some that fit into this stereotype, there are many more that do not and have something priceless to offer. Their life-experience and wisdom.
So as we go about our daily lives, let us take the time to say "hi" to some of the Elders around us. Strike up a conversation and see where it leads the two of you. Treat them with the respect that they deserve, they may just surprise you by returning the favor.
If you haven't talked to your parents in a while, give them a call or drive across town and see them. Tell them how much you love them and maybe invite them over for dinner.
I understand that there are some parents that it may not be healthy for you to be around. In this case I then encourage you to "adopt" a parent(s). Whether it is the in-laws or maybe some older lady or guy that you know. I have my own "adopted god-mother", even though I am on very good terms with my real parents. They all are very important to me and I would not trade them for anyone else.
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