I have an Uncle Michael from my dad, Aunt Shawn from my mom, and Aunt Sarah, Uncle Bunky, cousin Jeff, and cousin Tim from my grandma.
But I don’t… not really.
See, they’re my fake family.
These people are your parents’ best friends, grandparents’ friends, and their kids. Though not related by blood, you’re so close you’re practically family. While real families are great and all, there’s something to be said for fake families. You only see them every so often, so when you do, it’s special. You see them just enough to enjoy spending time together, but not so much that you get annoyed by them or any real arguments come up.
Growing up, it’s always important to have someone close in age to hang with at family parties. This doesn’t always work out with real siblings. Extra love!
Having Aunt Sarah and Uncle Dick is like having a third set of grandparents, and Christmas and Thanksgiving is all the more merrier with them around too. Fake families are something special. I hope one day when I have kids I’ll have some close best friends for them to call aunt or uncle.
Post by olivia.
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