I’m back and have some things to get off my chest….
The Miriam-Webster Dictionary defines family as:
1fam·i·ly noun \ˈfam-lē, ˈfa-mə-\
: a group of people who are related to each other
: a person’s children
: a group of related people including people who lived in the past
Pretty basic, right? Unfortunately, in my opinion, too basic. To me, family doesn’t just need to be by blood, by way of marriage or adoption. Family can be your best friend(Donny). Family can be your neighbor. For some(this one included) it can be your pets.
Regardless of Miriam-Webster’s, my or even your definition of what family “is”, family should never be marginalized or trivialized. Family is not a matter of convenience, to be there only when you want or need something. Family is not something to be ignored, rejected or dismissed. Family is 24/7 365 days a year (366 during Leap Years). Family (at times) can be an awful lot of hard work. Family can make you happy, sad, angry, disappointed or jealous. Family can make you so pissed off that you want to punch them in the face and sometimes you do (sorry Mike!). At the end of the day though, as angry or disappointed as you make be, they are STILL your family and as such you love them warts and all. You don’t cut them off, just as you wouldn’t cut off an arm or a leg.
I have played the role of the “Prodigal Son” in the past. I’m not proud of it, but I do own up to it and more importantly I learned from it. I am very fortunate to have a family that loves me and accepts me for who I am, not what I have or how much money I make. They love me despite my imperfections (and there are a bunch). They look for the good in me. Why? Because that is what family does. That was a valuable lesson, one I think many people need to learn.
So to you MY family (and you ALL know who you are), understand that regardless of whatever momentary negative feelings may exist(and that’s really what they are unless you let them fester and consume you), I will ALWAYS love each and every one of you. I can only ask (and hope) that you do the same.
Until next time………..