The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us all to become our best while looking our worst.
Everyone needs reminders that the fact of their being on this earth is important and that each life changes everything.
Hard though it may be to accept, remember that guilt is sometimes a friendly internal voice reminding you that you're messing up.
Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor.