My Bonus Family
“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.”
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!”