Monday, September 23, 2013

Blood is Thicker than...

There's a popular saying that says, "Blood is thicker than water." The saying reminds us that despite our biological need for water; we also have a dependence for family. The love we experience through our friends and family can't be found in anything else -- no amount of money, no iOS update and no fancy house can take its place. I have heard the saying a hundred times and thought it was a good concept, but didn't really know what it looked like acted out; until this weekend.

My wife and our two kids joined my in-laws for one final camping trip of the season. We were having a great time and on our final night the kids were wore out from playing and fell asleep early. We went to bed and woke up to our daughter crying uncontrollably. There was no calming her and she began to gag. It was then that my eyes adjusted to the darkness as she sat up in her bed that I watched her dinner exit her mouth and land on the (luckily waterproof) blanket.

I immediately snatched her up and began to comfort her, but it was as if every muscle in her body tightened up and she continued to empty her stomach all over the floor...and my pants. I'll spare you the details, but to give you an idea, it has been two days and I finally have the smell out of my nostrils.

I watched as my father-in-law, without giving it a second thought, grabbed paper towels and whatever else he could find to clean up the mess. It's in these moments that we experience the true depth of love that we have for each other.

True love takes care of each other when we're not able to take care of ourselves. True love is able to look past the mess we've created and simply love. True love is able to humble itself and clean up our mess for us.

It was in this moment that I learned that not only is "blood thicker than water," but also "blood is thicker than puke."

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