I come from a large family – my mother was one of 7 which led to 22 of us cousins, which leads to 45 on the next branch of the tree and then I get confused and lose count! I am grateful for this large extended group of people, many of whom I barely know because (blood) family is always there for you, right?
Maybe family is those who show up without being asked, that person you call when you need to cry, the opinion and perspective you value. Maybe family is better defined by active and demonstrated love than expected and assumed love. Maybe family is better defined as those who add abundance to your life, whether or not they share your DNA.
Dedicated to all my family, with love and appreciation