LEARNING – family or friend

We live in a world where the concept of family is ever changing. It is no longer the typical father/mother/child group. Families are grandparents, single parents, same sex parents, or not parents at all. They are in-laws, and 2nd marriages, step siblings and cousins. Family can be friends, close like kin, and there through thick and thin.

Friends are the family we choose ourselves. – Edna Buchanan

All of my friends are not necessarily like family and all of my family are not necessarily friends; but there are some that blur the line and I am thankful for the fuzziness.

This past weekend I went down to Portland, Oregon to celebrate the summer birthdays of some of these family members and friends. I think there may have been six birthdays in total ranging in age from 70 to 25. We were a group of twelve women, gathered together for an evening of celebration aboard the Portland Spirit, a dinner cruise down the Willamette River.

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It was the perfect evening for a cruise – the sun was shining, the air was warm, the river was calm, and the dinner was delicious. We cruised up and down the river for over two hours. It was a truly lovely evening full of good friends and great family.

There were many levels of family and friendship within our group – mothers and daughters, aunts, nieces, cousins and sisters; friends from childhood and friends that came later in life. I witnessed deep connections that had been tested and tried. While I was not privy to share in all of these connections, I could see and feel the love and closeness that surrounded me. It was a great night.

Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts. – Author Unknown

Thanks for reading!

-Rene

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