We've been visiting two of Dan's married brother's out of three. And pretty much all of my kids' Wheeler cousins other than themselves.
These are two out of four families I haven't had much of a chance at getting to know. Tonight, we went over to Dan's oldest brother's house and had a delicious dinner and homemade icecream. We drew on the sidewalk with chalk, played in the backyard and I had the funnest time getting to know my sister-in-law whom I thought I didn't have much of anything in common with. Come to find out we have more in common than most I talk to.
It was great to see different sides of her than the few I've seen because of lack of opportunity to really get to know her.
One thing I've really come to realize is that everyone has their own trials that they're dealing with. No matter what we may think we see on the outside, we never know what is going on. That's why I love really getting to know other people and why they are the way they are. That helps me to be a whole lot more of an understanding, tolerant, supportive, compassionate person.
I want to be someone with the ability to see right past any false pretenses, weaknesses, insecurities, and straight into the heart and soul of the individual I'm talking with. That's a gift I'd like to acquire over time.
Another quality I'd like to have is the ability to be the type of person that nearly anyone can be comfortable around.
To add a little character, I also want to be my silly self around anyone and everyone and just have fun, not worry about trying to live up to society's unwritten rules and standards of what proper is. I want to be myself, and encourage other's to be themselves as well...all in a respectful and considerate way of course.
I so love all my in-laws.