The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck
There was a little incident yesterday. I think it actually only upset my mom and I but it reminded me that you are never too old to want to punch someone who is mean to your sibling!
Family can be such a minefield of emotions, complexities and challenges because they aren’t like friends. As much you may want to you can’t just say “I don’t want to be your sister anymore! I am unfriending you” and then cut all ties. Well I suppose in extreme cases you can but in general it is not that easy. The ties that bind family will still be there whether or not you actually speak to each other or not.
My parents and my brother have always been a huge part of my daily life. We have never lived very far from one another and my mom is sort of the post office. My brother and I talk to her daily and she shares the news with us and my dad. So we always know whats going on.
I am still not used to being so far away from them all. It isn’t even just about the support. It is about having family nearby. Sunday lunches, crashing at moms house for end of the month dinner (because mom never seems to have end of the month ), cousin play dates. As awesome as our friends are, there really is nothing like family.
There are times when we drive each other made, say hurtful things or are just down right mean to one another but at the end of the day, when the chips are down I know that my family have my back and they know I have theirs.
How close is your family?