The time was finally upon us. All the planning and hard work and effort of so many had come to fruitation. The benefit auction for my father in law. We were there early along with other sibling and cousins to help in any way we could. It was a lot more than merely an auction. It was a gathering of family and close friends, many hugs were exchanged and kisses given. There was story swapping and hearty laughter. Children ran around chasing eachother. Parents need have no fear or worry, family looks after family and children are a blessing rather than a nuisance. In hard times family pulls together to help, each in their own way. All in all everything was a success. Much money was raised for my father and mother in law to help with their medical bills. But I know it meant a lot more than just money, there is a value in family that no amount of money can replace.