I’m sure I’m not the first person to say that family isn’t just about a biological connection. True, that biological connection is a place to start, but we’ve all known people (maybe it’s even ourselves) who had family members that were estranged. Simply having some sort of biological connection does not guarantee that people will be close. And let’s be honest – those that we are related to know where ALL of our buttons are and do a great job pushing them often!
With all of that being sad, I am truly grateful to have spent a week with my sister and her family, all of whom I treasure. My brother-in-law and I share the common ground of the degrees we pursued in college. My sister and I have overcome an age difference of 9 years to be friends and my nephews and niece? I think they are pretty terrific (and I’m not biased).
The fact is, there is one whole side of my biological family that I have had no contact with since my sophomore year in high school. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not looking for sympathy. They cut themselves off from my parents, my sisters and I, and I figure it’s their loss. But the absence of family from that side of the tree makes me cherish the family that I am fortunate enough to have a relationship with.
Yes, sometimes we annoy one another. But they are my family and I love each and every one of them.