My sister and brother-in-law hosted our Thanksgiving dinner last Saturday so as many members of the extended family could attend as possible and still enjoy their own traditions on the actual day. As a person who works in retail, that was welcome news to me. I have to work a lot of holidays, and this opened up the opportunity for me to do so without missing out on anything. (Like time and a half pay.)
It was a really wonderful event, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Also, I’ve been munching on the leftovers all week. Which were and continue to be delicious. I’d like to say we saved you something, but we managed to divide up what was left before any of it was even cold.
Anyway, I’ve been thinking about family this week and how it doesn’t necessarily mean blood ties. Family is what you choose.
That saying, “you can choose your friends but not your family”, it’s not really true. People make families out of all kinds of combinations. And we can choose to sever ties with blood and legal relatives, as well.
Family is shared experience, and support, and love. It’s the people in our lives that life would be meaningless without.
At my sister and brother-in-law’s house last Saturday, I was surrounded by extended family from her side of my family and his. There were aunts, uncles and cousins, nieces and nephews, parents and grandparents. There were friends there, new and old.
One of the three girls that my brother-in-law helped raise was there with her two girls. She is not related to him by blood or through any piece of paper. But she is his daughter and they are his grand-daughters. That is his family. And now they are my family. Because we choose it.
Family is something I’m truly thankful for. I hope you have as much fun with your family this Thanksgiving as I did with mine.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!