Family Traditions

April 1, 2014 § Leave a comment


My late Father and I had a tradition of dancing around to music each morning. We’d begin by selecting our favourite records on a Saturday; it was always interesting to see the eclectic & collective mix of tastes, which ranged from Elgar, Jimi Hendrix to Howlin’ Wolf. I agree with Heinrich Heine’s sentiment: “Where words leave off, music begins.”

I feel this poem by Langston Hughes is quite apt:

“Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid.”
from The Collected Poems

It is my opinion that the impact of long lasting & loving family traditions (when meaningful and not forced) are not to be underestimated. They can hold the family together & provide a sense of unity, identity, wonderful memories & shelter from the world.

Picture taken with my iPad.


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