I sometimes look out my window and just think how good life can be.
The month of May is a time of reminders about family and the importance of family in our culture.
It is appropriate that Mother's Day marks the beginning of the "family season" that ends with Father's Day and June weddings.
Mothers remain an important influence in our lives long after they are gone.
"You cannot resign from being a mother or father," is one of my favorite cliches.
We can shirk the responsibilities, but we can never change the fact.
If you become a mother or father, you will always be one.
Family structure has been basic to every culture from the time of Adam and Eve in the garden.
The family remains just as critical and important to organized life everywhere in the world as it was in the beginning.
I consider the family the base unit in any country.
How families are regarded and organized is a key to understanding life and its differences everywhere.
Not since God created Eve from Adam's rib has anyone entered this world without a mother.
With all the high-tech tomfoolery of today, babies still come the same old-fashioned way.
Several events in my life this May have reminded me of the importance of family.
The youngest grandson got his first car from his fraternal grandmother.
The car is old enough for him to test his mechanical skills.
That fits his great interest in NASCAR
A daughter's friend graduated from the local community college.
The gathering of family and friends who came to celebrate this rite of passage with the young lady reminded me of the critical importance of family.
A great grandson took his first Communion Sunday.
A large group of other young girls and boys joined him in the celebration.
The church scheduled the Mass just for the event because the families attending filled the pews.
Such an event underlines the importance of families in our culture.
The diversity of the families involved underlines the generalization that families are important across cultural lines in America and across the world.
It was interesting to listen as some of the guests at the college graduation party discussed their genealogy.
No wonder the U.S.
census does not include any definition of race.
The forms list a lot of choices and each individual decides what he or she is.
Some just check "other"
I was reminded how important the combination of mother and father is to a family.
Children do best when both are present in a family.
However, parents have found ways to compensate, and children have a great capacity to adjust and grow up normal in all kinds of settings.
I found children this month counting grandparents with little concern about how many they have.
They just enjoy them all.
Families become even more important during times of stress.
A memorial service for a teenager that left this life all too soon let me see again how family can come together to support one another during a tragedy.
I see the opposite among my senior friends when they reach the golden years without family around.
That makes me appreciate large families and children.
So thanks to all the mothers, fathers and children that form the families that are the strength of this country.
I am regularly amazed at the values passed from generation to generation in families of all kinds.
Laws and events of a particular time in history do little to make family values change.
Traditions and how we celebrate change, but much more on the surface than in key elements.
We may order a different cake or change the guest list, but the importance of celebrating life's stages with family remains the basic value.
The similarities of experiences shared at the dinners after the first communion illustrate how tradition and values are inherited from previous generations.
We change all so slowly, and that is a strength in our culture.
A balance of stability and change is critical to enjoying life.
In times of celebration and tragedy, the traditions carry us.
I see no substitute for the basic and traditional family unit.
It is not based in law.
Laws have been built around the traditions.
The laws may force gay marriage on the country, but the natural laws still require someone to be a mother and someone else to be a father.
Mother Nature is tough to fool.
In the 1970s, a portion of our culture insisted that girls played with dolls and boys with cars only because they were given those toys.
Thirty years later, little girls still like dolls and teddy bears.
Boys still like cars and the same sports.
Thanks to my mother, father and family, and thanks to those who share families with me today.
Marvin Robertson is the Miner's business/city government reporter.