In today’s Around the Bonfire post, Natalie from My Crazy Busy Life talks about what we do when our families don’t live up to our expectations.
And the topic that kept coming to mind was “family” and how as much as you want them to fulfill a Norman Rockwell Hallmark idea we have, it isn’t always the reality.
Blood is thicker than water. It’s a phrase I’ve heard countless times.
And I agree with it. I do. Really.
I want to believe that family comes first. That these people who I open Christmas gifts with and whose faces fill picture albums on my bookshelf would be there for me no matter what.
But what if your family doesn’t agree? What if they don’t agree that family comes first? If they don’t see the importance of coming home for holidays, weddings or birthdays?
Or worse? What if YOU don’t agree with their choices? How many chances do we give people simply because we share DNA?
How high should the pedestal be that we place our relatives on?
Maybe the answer is simple. We should love them as they are and accept whatever they’re willing to give.