What is a family?
To me, it’s a group of individuals who have chosen each other.
It’s as simple as that. There may, or may not, be blood ties. The individuals may, or may not, be the same species. A group is at least two individuals, but there is no maximum limit.
I sometimes feel like I’m blessed with many different families. My family consists of two people and three dogs – that’s the core. But my family is also us five plus parents, siblings, and sibling’s families. And I have friends that are so close I call them family. These are all individuals I have chosen to have in my life because I love them and they make my life a better place. And they have chosen me back – it goes both ways.
Families stick together, help each other, care for each other, and make everyday life easier. They may argue, but they find their way back. They do stuff together because it’s more fun that way.
The family in these photos is one I met earlier this year. We had two sessions together, and each time I felt happy for days after I met them – their love and affection, respect and care, was contagious.
They have chosen each other, not once, but over and over. All four of them.
It’s actually kind of amazing.