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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I choose you

Have you ever heard that old saying: "you can't choose your family"? Well, I disagree. I think you can choose your family. Or at least I can.

I discovered recently that a person I've considered part of my family for the last 12 years doesn't consider me part of hers. I have to admit, that made me feel pretty bad. But I've come to realize that while I have no control over how she thinks or feels, I do have control over how I think and feel. So to her I say: I choose you. Whether you want me or not, I choose you.

To my husband and children I say: I choose you. To my parents and sisters, their husbands and children, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and spouses and children I say: I choose you.

To my in-laws; Brian's parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, spouses, children, Maree and her children and grandchildren I say: I choose you.

To my friends and neighbors; I need you to understand that "friend" and "neighbor" are family words to me. They are the same as "sister" and "cousin". So to you I say: I choose you.

I feel that this world is too difficult of a place for me to navigate alone or with only a few "family" members to support me. So if you are reading this, to you I say: I choose you. Whether you want me or not, welcome to the family!

4 comments:

Pat said...

I choose you also. Thank goodness seeing as I've had you for many, many years and plan on having you for eternity!

Love you,
Mom

sues2u2 said...

Through the good, bad & just plain amazing, I choose you too!

Love you, Sis

Dutson House Happenings said...

I'm so glad to read something from you! Thanks! and I choose you too!

Shanda said...

You are such an amazing person! Thank you for choosing me 20 some odd years ago. I'm very glad that the choice has stuck. Guess what, I feel the same about you!