By Michelle Bauman-Cook
Special to The Trimble Banner
This is the season for family, for gathering at home, for laughter and joy. At least that is what the Hallmark commercials tell us.
What the TV movies and holiday blockbusters leave out are the darker elements of these gatherings; the quiet sadness, the struggle against tradition, the memories of dreams deferred and the anger that evinces, and most importantly, the enduring love and strength that holds families together no matter the differences.