Have you seen the American television mockumentary sitcom – Modern Family? I have. I love their honest and
crazy hilarious interpretation of the whole idea of being a family. I was watching some old episodes over the weekend, and in the process of watching, I started reflecting on the whole idea of family, and who I consider family.
I recently came across this infographic by Slater & Gordon, and it got me really thinking.
The word family is usually used to refer to members of your immediate or extended family, either by birth or by marriage, so parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins and the likes. But I have to come to understand that there are many other people you can call family, and they could be people you are not related to. I have also come to understand that since we don’t pick our family members, it is possible not to have a relationship with some of them, and that is ok.
So what does family mean to me in 2017? As a 30-year-old mother of 2, who has been there and done that, I see family completely different from how many people see it. Family to me is a listening non judgemental ear, that person I can count on anytime of the year, the person who is always there in the good times and the bad, the person who gives their all and expects nothing in return, and the person I can completely be myself with.
I am extremely blessed with my family members. I wouldn’t change any of them for all diamonds in the world (or I may, hehe). And I have some amazing friends I now call family.
Family can be anyone you consider family. It could be your sister and it could be your next door neighbour. It could be a childhood friend, or a friend you met on Twitter some months ago. I think it all comes down to the kind of relationship you have with the particular person, I think the relationship, or the lack of it, would determine if the person is family or not.
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