Ray and BJ Blunt - Reflections on Joys and Sorrows of Extended Family


You know how when you meet people who are older than you, maybe even a lot older, they seem to have it together and are wise and available and all that? We tend to think that’s the way it’s always been for them. Their lives must have been smooth, maybe even easy. This is the first reaction some might have to Ray and BJ Blunt. They have two grown children and seven grandchildren, all living close by. That sounds easy, right? Well, it turns out their lives are fairly smooth today (not counting the various medical traumas that visit most people from time to time) , but boy, it has not always been so. This is what I love about having Ray and BJ speak about families at Christmastime. There has been STUFF with them over the years, hard things that stretched on for a long time, things that still prompt regret and sorrow but also things that have been at least partially redeemed. I hope this makes you curious.

I’m posting most of the audio (we missed the first few minutes, sorry) and all of Ray’s notes. You’ll be able to pick out from the Audio version BJ’s comments. I patched part of what BJ read from the Truman Capote writing into Ray’s notes.