It’s 2pm in the afternoon on Family Day. I’m in my pajamas. Sort of jones’ing for my kid who is spending Family Day with….family.
A few weeks ago, we went up to an Olympic party in Barrie. Will asked where the party was and I said, ‘at my friends Ryan and Jodi’s’. He yelled ‘NO’! I spun around a bit annoyed until he said, ‘they aren’t your friends, they’re our FAMILY.’ I nodded and hugged him. Right again kid.
We have a very broad but easy definition of family in our house. Our family is anyone who we love. And we love a lot of people. So for us, a two person nuclear family, we’re actually bigger than the Duggars.
So is it weird to not have Will here for Family Day? Yes it is. In two hours, I’ll pick him up from my friend Lindsay’s. They’ve been up north living like pioneers, with his ‘bros’ Gabe and Emmett and their dad Jeff. He’ll regale me with tales of pooping in the snow and peeing on a frozen lake. I’ll give him the treats I got him when I was in Chicago.
We’ll have a special dinner tonight and I’ll think about how lucky we are. Lucky that modern medicine enabled me to have this kid in a non-traditional way. Lucky that so far Will seems totally cool with it. Lucky that we have an enormous family of people who we love and who return that love ten fold.
I saw this quote recently and saved it and it’s perfect for Family Day!
Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs, the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what. So be thankful for what you have. Don’t wait until its too late to tell someone how much you love them and how much you care about them, because when they’re gone, no matter how loud you shout and cry, they wont hear you anymore.
So to my ‘blood’ family and my even larger ‘non-blood’ family – THANK YOU for being a part of our lives. Thank you for supporting me and especially for showing Will how awesome and amazing a family can be. We love you.