Families are like branches on a tree. We grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.
What is family? Is family where we come from? Is family who we are? Is family a group of people we are related to? Or can family be that special group of people you relate to but aren’t related to?
Google defines family as: a group of persons united by the ties of marriage, blood or adoption, constituting a single household and interacting with each other in their respective social positions, usually those of spouses, parents, children and siblings.
However you define family, we all see family differently … since we all have different families.
Whether you grew up with a small family, a big family, in a blended family, in a nuclear family or with no family; we all have some idea of what ‘family’ means to each of us.
Family life has never been as easy as ‘Leave It To Beaver,’ and the average family life isn’t much like TV show The Osbourne’s. Siblings Jack & Kelly Osbourne on the television show were teenagers when the show first started. They would argue and fight like so many siblings do today.
Real family life isn’t a television show. Our families can disappoint and even hurt us at times.
“Accept no one’s definition of your life, define yourself.” Robert Frost
Having an expectation in people, who are family, that let you down and hurt you is just so very disappointing. I think a lot in myself, but also in those people, because you expect certain things from family.
In my opinion family should always be there for one another. To listen to each other, to lend a helping hand, to be supportive in whatever way possible, to celebrate with, to cry with, to mourn with and to laugh with.
Family is here to do life with. You may not always like your family, but life is short… and maybe you could learn to like your family. God doesn’t promise us tomorrow… one day your family won’t always be there.
You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.