What does that small and simple word mean?
It can be so much – or so little. It all depends on who you are asking.
It can be your biological family, or other people you may refer to as part of your family.
For me, I have my closest family that matters. My parents, my sister with her family and my kids. My more distant relatives – uncles, aunts, cousins and so forth – I have lost touch with a lot of them. I went through some rough years earlier in my life, and many of them (not all, I really want to point that out too) more or less “disappeared” around that time. It’s a bit sad, but it has really taught me which ones who care, and which ones that matter to me. Things happened between me and a relative, and I have more or less broken off contact with her, and sadly I became sort of the black sheep of the family because of it (because you are “not supposed to do that”). At least I have learned to not be so hasty in judging others, and to always try and listen to the whole story and all sides before speaking my mind. I have decided not to be bitter or upset about it, but to learn from it. Life goes on.
I have friends that means more to me than some of my relatives. It’s not politically correct to mention it, but that doesn’t make it less true. I am so happy and grateful for all the good people in my life.