Boyle McCauley News

Since 1979 • October-November 2023 • Circulation 5000


My Bonus Family

“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.”
Alex Haley

I am very blessed: I not only have a beautiful family in my blood relations, with outstanding sisters, nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles, and parents, but in I have also accumulated a “bonus family.” My “bonus sister” Jodie is a wise mentor, my “bonus nephew” Dustin is an amazing talent, and my “bonus niece” Jenna is a brilliant educator.

I met a family from Guyana who refers to all their neighbours and those in their close circle by family names like auntie, uncle, cousin, etc. I found this endearing. I respectfully refer to my neighbours as my family. I have loads of aunties! We look out for, respect, and comfort each other. I also reside in a co-op so many people feel like my family.

Remember, as the old saying goes: “Blood makes you related. Loyalty makes you family!”

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