On this same day, 25 years ago, I gained 2 siblings. Instantly. I had been an only child for 5 years, suddenly, I was a sister to 2 amazing people. What girl isn't thrilled to have a new sister she can play with ALL THE TIME? And a little brother she can tease? :)
As we grew older, our family grew bigger, and 2 years later, another sibling was born. The baby of the family. Smart, sensitive, kind, he was that missing piece we needed to make our family what is is today. A mish mash of personnalities. All opionionated. All amazing people.
So today isn't only my parent's anniversary, it's my family's anniversary!
My family, which might not be conventional, is such a blessing. Different is definitely the new normal.
It's not always perfect. But like any family, we have our ups and downs, our fights, our hugs, our laughs. We have dealt with ignorance from others, judgment, but at the end of the day, there is nothing stronger than the love we have as a family. We have learned so much from each other, from patience, to acceptance, to communication, and continue to do so. I wouldn't have it any other way.
If you have been lucky enough to meet my clan, you would know how amazing they are, you would know funny and ridiculous they can be, you would know how lucky I am to be part of such a group.
I guess family is what we make of it. Whether yours is like mine, conventional, group of friends, co-workers, whatever. Your family are the people that will be there for you through thick and thin. They will dance the funky chicken with you, and pick you up when you are going through your worst break-up. We decide who our family is.
I have also learned that like any relationship, nurturing that family bond is so important. You get what you put in. The more love you give, the more love you get in return.
So, as I celebrate 25 years of my family, lets all take some time celebrate our families, what ever shape, size they are. I can't believe how fast 25 years has gone by...so with time going by so fast, let's not forget to thank them for being our rock, for making us laugh, for telling us those hard truths, for sacrificing their own time for us, for loving us unconditionnally, for all the wonderful things they have done to help us grow and become better people.
I love you. #famjam25