When His Family Is The Family You Never Had

September 2, 2019  |  
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Not everybody has a relationship with their family, or at least a good relationship with their family. There are those who would call their parents and siblings their best friends, who have a really tight-knit net there, and who feel they have people they can rely on no matter what in their family. Then there are those who…don’t feel that way. There are those for whom family is complicated. I’m one of those people. When something good happens to me, it isn’t a simple transaction of calling my family, having them jump for joy, and making me feel even better about it. I’ve learned that they have a way of focusing on any potential negative aspects, and then swiftly changing the subject. I don’t feel fully celebrated. I don’t feel my ups and downs are really on their radars. But the beautiful thing about finding your soul mate is that sometimes, if you’re lucky, they become that support system for you.

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They check on you after difficult events

My boyfriend’s mother calls me the moment he tells her I’m going through something difficult. Whether I’m sick, got passed over for an opportunity I wanted, or am feeling a little sad about something happening socially, she calls me to see if I need someone to talk to. Then, she texts me throughout the week to see how I’m doing.

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