Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Golden Week Part the First: Family Fun with Siblings

Clockwise from left: Luke, Yuko, Sister #1 (a.k.a. Anna Watanabe), Sister #3 (a.k.a. Mary), Ai-chan, and brother-in-law #1 (a.k.a. Jun Watanabe)

Food, fun and fellowship can be an elusive trinity. There have been times in my life when I have withered for lack of it, and so I place a great deal of value in the pure, unadulterated enjoyment of the evening represented in the photo above. Ai-chan, in the turquoise shirt and nearly obscured by my brother-in-law, is not technically family, but I think that all excellent families are characterized by a flexibility that can absorb honorary members in both the short term and the long. In our case there is the shared faith in Jesus Christ generating a context for our stories, discussions, and amusing anecdotes that is mostly lacking in our workaday relationships and social lives, and this mutual framework of thought, feeling, and experience is a treasure indeed.

A Visit to the Watanabe’s Wouldn’t Be Complete without a Little James Bond Action Thrown In