>“You can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose your family, an’ they’re still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge ’em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don’t.” –– Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
I disagree. You can choose your family. Family is what you make of it, and I certainly have an unusual one. But family isn’t just blood & DNA. It isn’t just parents and children and siblings. Family is familiarity, intimacy, love, forgiveness, and respect. Family is generosity, celebration, support, and encouragement.
In the past few years, I’ve learned more about family than I imagined possible… and I am grateful for the family I choose. You know who you are.