Editor’s Letter

June 2014 - Editor
by Lori Hatcher

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June 2014 - Editor

Such a simple word to describe such an incredibly complex organism. People joined by blood and shared history. Whether they’re geographically scattered or living in the same town, families are a wonderful/vexing/joyful/sorrowful collection of individuals who form the basis of our communities.
Every family has its cast of colorful characters. Aunt Marge and her Christmas fruitcake. Uncle Ray and his wheezy laugh. Cousin Steve, who wants to be buried in his Gamecock football jersey.
Each family develops its own traditions, too. The Monopoly game after Thanksgiving dinner. The recurring Elvis ornament in the annual white elephant gift exchange. The Memorial Day trip to Edisto Island.
The physical traits of those who share the same bloodline are often amusingly evident. “She has her father’s walk,” we observe.
“He laughs just like Uncle Pete.”
“You can tell he’s a Donahue; look at those teeth.”
Families develop reputations, too. The Smiths, who always come to the rescue when you call. The Huffmans, who always visit when you’re sick. The Sandersons, who are always late.
Our families can be one of our greatest sources of joy. They can also be our greatest source of pain. Sometimes simultaneously.
This month’s issue of Reach Out, Columbia examines the nuances of family life. Linda Williamson has painted a beautiful picture of brave faith in her interview with Suzy Shealy. Dawn Gonzalez examines the challenges and joys of growing up in a pastor’s home and what it’s like to be a second-generation minister. Edie Melson’s article, “When Your Child Doesn’t Choose College,” gives sound direction for parents whose children choose a different path. And just in time for Father’s Day, Beth Fortune wraps us in a big bear hug with her reflection piece, “Daddy’s Coat.”

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