I’ve been thinking a lot about family lately. My wife and I have no children. We want them, but have been unsuccessful in that front. However, what constitutes a family? Is it a husband and wife and children? Or is it more?
In the movie Defiance, the Bielski brothers, an actual family, create a community that becomes a larger family.
Families do not have to be made from blood or marriage. They can even be highly unorthodox. My wife and I call our two dogs and a cat our children. I have several friends that I consider brothers. And I have no doubt they feel the same.
Family is important for a variety of reasons. They can be there to share the good news, the bad news, and even just for a shoulder to cry on. They don’t have to say anything: just be there.