You Can Pick Your Friends, But You Can’t Pick Family

“Families are like fudge… mostly sweet, with lots of nuts.”

No family lives the perfect life. Think for a second of the movies “Cheaper By the Dozen”, “Freaky Friday”, “Mrs. Doubtfire”, and even TV shows such as “Parenthood” and “Modern Family”. What do all these have in common? Other than providing us with some good laughs? They all have those loving family members – mom, dad, brother, sister, etc. – who meddle into one of their family member’s lives and frustrate them to no end. At the end of the day (or episode) however, it’s impossible for them to stay irritated at whoever did the meddling. The love they feel for their family members is unparalleled.

I come from a family of five, including myself. Although most of my family lives in Mexico, we are lucky enough to have a few family members living here in Texas. My grandparents from my mom’s side visit us about 5 times a year from Mexico City. Just like Alicia’s loving grandmother in the upcoming play, “Aye, No!”, my abuelita is also unfortunately somewhat nosey. About three years ago, around the time I started dating my boyfriend, my abuelita (during every single visit) would constantly ask me to bring him around. I would always make up some excuse as to why he wasn’t ever able to visit – which was quite awful of me. It wasn’t that I didn’t want my abuelita meet him, I just knew that when they met my boyfriends would spend the entire visit being bombarded with questions. She sometimes feels the need to make precautionary “background checks” on people who become involved with any family member. I knew I would eventually have to oblige to her requests. It was a miracle that my abuelita did not scare him off…

They have loved you through your worst and will continue to love you through all your successes. Whether you have a big, enormous, can’t-fit-all-of-them-in-one-panoramic-picture, forget-some-of-their-names-on-occasion family or your family is smaller and can be counted using just your fingers and toes, they are truly a blessing to have. Regardless of the size of your family, great memories are always made with your family members.

Don’t forget to bring your abuelita to “Aye, No!” beginning November 6!

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