We are family, isn’t just a song from 1979 by Sister Sledge but it is also how we define people close to us. A family is people who we hold close. Whether they are born into the bloodline or chosen, a family is important. For me, the family is complicated as mine is made up of many different parts.
We Are Family
My family began when I was born to my parents and an older brother. It was a simple time and things looked good to the outside world but inside the story was different. Born to a guy who didn’t want children and who was abusive my mother soon leave and with it, my family would change.
In ’72 my mom would meet someone who I would eventually call dad. In ’77 they would marry and give me a step-brother and soon after 2 half brothers.
Fast forward 15 years and my parents would adopt 2 more boys giving me another pair of brothers. Bringing the total to 6 brothers.
The funny part of this is that the outside world wants to assign titles of step, half and adaptive. Though we may not share a 100% DNA match they are my family, my brothers. Yes, they are loud, intrusive and even sometimes annoying but they are family. Which goes back to the whole idea that family doesn’t’ have to be blood they can be
Which goes back to the whole idea that family doesn’t have to be blood they can be chosen. It can be a chosen child or a friend who is like a sister/brother.
Who do you call family?
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