Black Sheep and Salt

I'm Laura, the founder of Gathered Again, a family reunion planning resource. I love my family and I love helping people connect with their families which is why I started my website. It's primarily focused on family reunion planning, but it's really about family enjoying their time together.

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Photo By: Jesus Solana via Flickr

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Years ago, I was cooking a meal for my family. The smells of beef, red and green peppers, onions and tomato filled the air.

The scents and flavors made their way upstairs and filled all of the rooms as the pot continued boiling, and the steam continued rising.

All day, I stirred it, adding ingredients as it cooked down and every member of my house crowded around the pot to get a sight of the source of the wonderful smells.

Family Time & Strategy

We love family game night and we played board games together as we usually do, while I would get up once my turn was over to tend to the masterpiece on the stove.

My husband had trouble concentrating on his game strategy as he was distracted by his stomach and the scent in the air.

Of course, over the years, this has become part of my winning strategy. Cook something delicious, distract him with the scent and get both Boardwalk and Park Place! I know it isn’t fair, but he makes it too easy.

Finally, I won and it was time for dinner.

Dinner, or
was it a coronation ceremony?

The table was filled with smiling faces, giddy with excitement for this homemade masterpiece. I dished up large spoonfuls for each person into their bowls.

Finally, everyone began to dig in. I waited of course. I wanted to see their reactions.

Was it something I said?

And just as quickly as I made the decision, I regretted it. The smiles turned to unimpressed confusion.

“What could have gone wrong?” I thought. So, I dig my spoon into my bowl, blow the hot steam off of it, and placed it in my mouth.

To my disappointment, this was the textbook definition of bland.

Fixing a family emergency

A few dashes of the single ingredient I had forgotten and those familiar smiles returned. It’s amazing what a little salt can do for a meal.

What About the Sheep?

And so the story is the same for the black sheep in a family. Those are the people who feel like they are outcasts, or like they were adopted, or maybe were adopted but still don’t feel like they are apart of the family.

A family is like a magnificent recipe. It smells great, it looks wonderful, but it isn’t without its problems. If you are the black sheep in your family, then don’t feel bad, be the salt.

If you know who the black sheep in your family is, then don’t forget to include them. You may not realize it, but the family recipe might become awfully bland without the salt. 


  1. Twitter:

    Every family has its share of persons that can be referred to as ‘black sheep’ in the family – that’s if the word isn’t used in the derogatory sense.

    However, including them in events – and managing them appropriately can return magnificent results – and produce joy for everyone.

    Thanks for such a reminder. It’s Sunday here in Nigeria and I wish you an excellent one!

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  2. Twitter:
    Hi Akaahan,

    Thanks for stopping in to comment. Yes, I think all families have at least 1 person who really stands out for 1 reason or another. It’s important to recognize them for the qualities and the variety that they bring to the family. I hope you have a lovely day as well :-)
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  3. Twitter:
    For me family is everything, sometimes i feel like black sheep sometimes but that is normal I think when you live with people for long time you will feel anything good and bad, liking, disliking, proud etc. But we must remember that our family and i will add few close friends are everything that we have in this world when we want to share some happiness or disappointment . They are only one that will help you without expecting anything in return.
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  4. Twitter:
    I don’t know who is the black sheep of our family but i know I have my family which always support me and stay besides me whenever I’ll in trouble. Nice post.
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  5. Family time is the most important thing for a successful, happy and peaceful life, because if a person is not happy in family, the cannot work with his 100% efficiency. I just keep reminding my family members to give importance to this family time as this is what going to grow love more deep and deep overtime but unfortunately I dont success all the time, like the way you manage doing it beautifully.
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  6. What your saying is the black sheep maybe the one that spices up the family. Good perspective because i had a teacher in high school who was a proud black sheep in his family. We would hear a lot of how bad of a son he is to his parents. Couple of years ago we met by accident and told me that he was proud of me as his student. Salute to teachers and family. A million dollar blog is not very good when you have nobody to share it with. What salt do you use? iodized or rock salt
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  7. Completely agree……We love family game night and we played board games together as we usually do, while I would get up once my turn was over to tend to the masterpiece on the stove.

  8. Twitter:
    Hey Laura,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing this post. Family is very important part of everyone’s life and I think there is no black sheep type member in my family but in future, if there is anyone in my family at that time I will surely gonna remember these tips.
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  9. Twitter:
    This is something different and must be a thought of concern. Many persons find it difficult to adopt another family easily. Being a part of a family seems very hard for them.
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  10. Twitter:
    I love this post. I also believe family time is very very important. I try to make sure we always have at least one meal together. I’m positive the kids love that time even as teenagers . If I’m running late from work and dad is home with kids they blow my phone up telling me to get home so they can start eating. They actually wait till we are all there to start. Therefore I make sure I am out and on my way. Love my family!!
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