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We are Family

A few weeks before Thanksgiving, my office collected employees’ sentiments about what we’re each grateful for this holiday season and posted them in the kitchen. I was surprised to see that almost everyone said they were grateful for family. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, but sometimes loving them all is a struggle. Does no one at work have the same struggle with family dynamics that I do?

I have four sisters, and it is rare — never? — that all five of us are getting along with each other, let alone with our parents, at the same time. There are misbehaving nieces and nephews, battles over discipline, debate over who should host, who should travel, who should cook, and who hasn’t done their share of cleaning up. One sister calls only when she needs a favor; another only when she has complaints; yet another expects you to be there for her on a moment’s notice but is never there for you to lean on; and the fourth never calls at all.

So I sit down to think about what I am grateful for. And this is what I write: My daughter and my husband. Oh. THAT is my family. THAT is what people are grateful for. I am closer to 40 than I am to 30, and it is just now that I have figured out that it is not just my parents and siblings, but that NewDad, NewGirl, and I are a real, legitimate family of our own. So this holiday season I am grateful for health, a short commute, and yes, my family.

One comment

  1. Mary November 29, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    This is lovely! I felt grateful at Thanksgiving to be able to share it with my whole extended family; We all cooked together, played football, and reminisced with each other, and, like you, my sister and brother and I were getting along! I am, for once, excited for Christmas! Since our dad passed, things haven’t really been the same but I do get those moments of nostalgia around the holidays, like when we’d all sit around the TV and watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on VHS and frost cookies 🙂 That’s why I love the DVD set of the Original Christmas Classics (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Frosty the Snowman, just to name a few)! You can get this limited keepsake edition set at any place that sells DVDs, and it even comes with a bonus music CD! You can also get it at I can’t wait to start enjoying this with my children! I work with Classic Media, so I’ve got the inside scoop 😉

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