What’s in a family?

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.


About Jessica Sundling

I'm Jessica from Sweden. Born in the very hot (according to my then heavily pregnant mother) summer of 1981. Mother of two daughters, B (born in July 2006) and M (born in March 2008). Dog & cat owner, vegetarian and a liberal, both politically and socially. Writer, translator and student. The past's been difficult at times but the future is unwritten. Dream of living in the countryside, where I can grow my own food. Don't worry, I won't bite. At least not very hard.
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