My family may not be as crazy as some but we certainly put the "fun" in dysfunctional, as the saying goes. However psychologically challenged we may be, we always manage to have a great time of laughter, especially when there is food involved. The Lancaster/Kennedy clans are not known for modelesque physiques. Food is their forte. Thanksgiving, therefore, is a time of blissful family quality time. This year was no exception.
My dad and mom are an interesting pair. As a child I would have said that mama was the strict one. She was quick to discipline and had lungs of steel. Seriously, she could yell through the house and make your eardrums rumble. Daddy on the other hand, was not so vocal but when daddy gave you the look, everyone in the house knew he meant business. I guess they were a perfect complement for one another. My mom was the clean freak, daddy the cook. Mom the spender, daddy the saver. Every opposite you can imagine, that was and still is my parents. My mom started to suffer from chronic health issues when I was ten, but it never stopped them from treating us to great vacations and lavish Christmas gifts... well as lavish as they could get for a preacher's family. My two siblings and I were always in the spotlight being pastor's kids with plenty of adopted grandparents at every church my dad served. Our life was not perfect, but it wasn't bad either. I have no complaints, it made me what I am today. But that's not to say that we don't carry with us some pretty hysterical stories of mishap and mayhem that colored our days when we were the Lancaster Chaos.
|My dad, Rev. Rick Lancaster and my mom, Marcia Lancaster.|
I am the oldest of my little clan of Lancaster's. My sister is three years younger and my brother two years younger than her. We were spoiled rotten, they still are. (Okay, maybe I am too.) The Lancaster house was always loud and full of activity... hmm reminds me of another house of chaos. We had imaginations that would make J.K. Rowling envious and created entire worlds of afternoon entertainment. We fought then played. Then played and fought some more. We were typical siblings. Life was good.
|(Left to Right) Me, my brother Jackie, my sister Jessica|
|He loves me, don't let him fool you.|
|My parent's three reasons for lunacy.|
My origins are probably not much different than yours. We all come from imperfect families filled to the brim with imperfect people. But family is a beautiful thing, even with all it's imperfections. I am thankful that I have the privilege and honor of passing down the chaos tradition to my kids. May their homes always be loud and messy and may they be blessed to have children that drive them crazy.
|The Lancaster Chaos.|