Family.....that word means different things to different folks. For some, family is only blood.....for others, it is a love that transcends blood lines and becomes almost a spiritual meeting of minds and souls. I have thought a lot about that word family the past few weeks. I believe family is much more than blood kin. I have friends who treat me like family. They want me in their life, no matter what.
My dogs are family. They sense my illness, sadness, or happiness.....and they love me no matter what.
Family is way more than marriage or blood. Family, is that sense of belonging, of being cared for,
of trust. Co-workers can be family, think of how much time you spend on the job......if there is that sense of family......going to work every day is not so bad.
You can spend your whole life in a family and never feel like you belong. You can meet a stranger and in five minutes feel as though they are family. I think that sense of family is quite tribal. It really is all about belonging, of feeling needed, of fitting in.
Family is not who's related to who......I think it's all about how we relate to each other.