The works of mercy are many and necessary in a family our size, too! To wit: big brother Paul has extended the borders of home for his little sis, Michelle, providing her room and board while she makes her way in California; Michelle helps out with her nephew and niece and donates toward the family "kitty" in exchange. Kevvy turned over his DJ jobs to his little bro, Dominic, when he was leaving town and Dominic was arriving jobless, and Dominic, who's making money now, is helping grease Kevvy's skids while he's between jobs in New Zealand. Theresa and her brothers and sister are forever finding, saving, and sharing sheet music with one another. Cathy is a very popular sister because she sends baked goods. But Brother Philip may trump everyone's efforts because he prays and recruits other seminarians to root for our causes, too. Mind you, this is just a sampling of what's going on right at the moment, and doesn't include the last minute rescues when someone misses a flight or slides off the road in a snowstorm or needs a few dollars to survive until payday -- but it's all part and parcel. Most families, I think, develop a beautiful "goes-around, comes-around" theme that operates between the generations helping to guarantee the survival of the family name. Charity really does begin at home.
And it's a wonderful thing. It may be part of the ritual for some benefactors to bellyache, but the knights du jour always come to the rescue of their needy family members -- or die trying. They have to. Not only do they love the sibling/child/cousin/aunt/uncle/parent they're going out of their way to save, but they gain points in the score chart of "One Upsmanship and Favors Owed" that exists especially among siblings.
* Stars and hearts out to the Davis kids sticking their necks out (and reaching into their pockets) to help each other these days. Mom and Dad are noticing -- and we're not the only ones.