Be grateful for family

Day 64 of #LiveWell2017


Families come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes we connect through blood. Sometimes we connect through circumstance. Sometimes we build a non-traditional family with people who share a special bond. Sometimes people even consider themselves “family” when they work together, volunteer together, act in a play together, write together. The social support and deep connections these groups provide is as profound and important as it is for people who are related by blood or marriage. Always, family is where you feel most supported, loved, comfortable – no matter what.

I’m lucky. Both my parents are still alive. I’ve had many decades to enjoy their company, to feel their love, and to learn from them. I’m grateful for the time I’ve had with them and for all they have taught me. I’m grateful for my big brother who is there to watch out for our parents when I’m 3000 miles away. I’m grateful for my son who cares deeply and gives unconditionally. I’m grateful for cousins who offer help and provide inspiration. I’m grateful for the friends whom I consider family, knowing I would do anything for them (as they would for me). I’m especially grateful for the love of my life, my husband, who is the most romantic, caring, giving, loving person I know.

These people, this family, has shaped who I am. They’ve taught me what it means to love and be loved, and they will forever be a part of me. Thank you.

What is your family like? Who are you grateful for?


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