The one thing I am thankful for is family. Many people have certain criteria when it comes to who is considered to be a part of their family. For some, it’s only immediate family, or only blood relatives, or those who married into their family. For me, family is not just blood relatives or those related by marriage. Having lived away from home for so long, family now includes the friends I’ve made along the way. And for them, I am truly thankful.
There are my childhood friends from the neighborhood, that are STILL my friends to this day. Even though we’ve all live in different cities, they are definitely a part of my family. We’ve traveled together, visited each other, become god-parents to some of each others children, and now we’re making a point to ensure our kids become life-long friends.
My freshman year at Howard University I met many that would also become a part of my family. From my freshman year roommate whose parents would always include goodies for me when they sent her care packages, to my college besties who either flew across country or drove hundreds of miles to be with me for my baby shower. Those are the sisters I never had.
At my first real job while I was in college, there was the lady in the office who became my Mom-Away-from-Home”. She treated me like I was one of her daughters, and she even attended my destination wedding over 10 years later.
My linesisters and sorors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. have become my newest extension of family. From the baby shower celebrations, to the weddings, to the community service activites, these ladies have shown me the true meaning of sisterhood.
There are many more, that have been there for me, have adopted me into their families, given me much needed advice, and have taken on the role of parent when my own were not available. I am so grateful that I am not only able to call these individuals friend, but extended family. For all of them I am truly thankful.
What about you. Are there individuals in your life that you consider to be a part of the family?