As I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen many different kinds of families; some similar to mine, some very different. One thing we all have in common is that we are stuck. No one can choose who they’re related to—which is good and bad.
Growing up I spent a lot of time with my friends, meaning I wasn’t very close to my family members. Then when I got to college I met my best friend, Jordan, who is extremely close to her family. I was lucky enough to be invited to spend time at Mammaw and Pawpaw’s house for their annual Thanksgiving Hayride. Jordan has a pretty big family, and the best part about them is their closeness. They genuinely enjoy spending time with each other!
The first time I went to the Hayride was very intimidating, but educational. I saw the way Jordan was interacting with all of her family members—older and younger than her. I think seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces was what really got me. And after spending more time with her family, I totally see how close they are. They genuinely love and care for each other.
So Holmes and Cobb families, thank you for teaching me that the people I’m stuck with aren’t that bad.
After some family drama and personal growth of my own I’ve finally made it to my own level of closeness with each person in my family. The thing is that they love me—they just do. It’s programmed into their hearts and has been for 21 years! They loved me when I was a cute little kid, kept loving me when I got acne during my awkward years, praised and supported me during all my high school musicals, and even though I know they missed me, no one tried to stop me from adventuring to California this summer. (I know they had to miss me because it turns out that I missed them a lot.)
And it’s not just a one way street. It makes me over the moon happy to see my family now. As I’ve grown up and matured as my own person, I realized that they are people similar to my friends. We actually have things in common, we can have fun experiencing things together, and best of all, it’s all right if all we do is watch the Rangers game and play on our phones and iPads in the same room. Family is such great company that we can do nothing and it’s still the best company you will ever enjoy.
This week I’m on vacation with my aunts, uncles and cousins and after a long summer alone it’s amazing to be surrounded by so many people. We’re shopping, hiking, sleeping, eating…doing everything as a unit. Even though it’s weird to have so many people around and at times too crazy for me, I think about how much I’ll miss each person when we aren’t sharing a condo. The love is built in and always in the air. And when I get home to Dallas I can finally see my Dad’s sweet face after 10 weeks apart.
I finally have an understanding of the meaning of family: people who love and support me and always want the best for me. But not just that—I love, support, encourage, laugh, and everything in between with and for them, too. So I hope you remember how important and amazing family can be. Love on them while you can, because you will miss them more than you know.
So, to my beautiful family, never forget that I will always love you! You’re my favorite people and always will be. I LOVE YOU!