FAMILY: This One Is Serious.   By: Stacey Rinaldi 

  *Since I suck at finding time to write blog posts right now, I decided to repost one of my awesome cousin’s blog posts about our gigantic and amazing family. Anyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am with every single weirdo in my life. Family to me is more like your home team, The people I know I can lean on and they know they can lean on me, the people you call in emergencies, the ones you call when you just received the best news of your life, the ones you get drunk with and laugh until you cry with. I am lucky enough to not only have a huge family (22 first cousins on my moms side alone huge) but also a giant clan of people I have chosen who may not be blood related but aren’t any less important in my heart. My cousin, stacey, wrote this blog post and it couldn’t describe our family any better. Read below⬇️*

I love my Family more than anything.
Do you know that some people give me shit for that? They joke and say we are some kind of clique or something. But I think that’s a poor choice of words, an understatement. Because I think we are more like an army.
I’m not just talking about my five brothers and my wonderful parents. I’m talking about my whole Family. The men and women with different last names and skin tones and religious beliefs who I would die for. I would take a bullet for them and their children. And they would do it for me. Because they know how amazing this is and they know what it takes to be a part of something this awesomely beautiful. They show up and reciprocate and contribute.
They are reliable, and trustworthy, and just really fucking Good.
You have to work hard to get in, and once you are in, you still have to work to earn your keep. This isn’t some participation award or $5 membership fee. This is an elite squad, the best of the best, a fucking force to be reckoned with.
There are rules. Flexible, but firm. There is leeway and room for error and time for practice, but there are also consequences if you don’t step your game up. There is still an exit to be escorted out of.
But once you walk in and realize what you have surrounding you – how much love, acceptance, support, protection, and loyalty you have in your corner – you will never want to leave and it will then be effortless to stay. But, only if you see it and appreciate it and truly know what you have in front of you.
Don’t you dare come in here with ill intentions or some kind of selfish angle. I don’t say that to protect The Family, I say that to protect you. Because when you realize what you fucked up, you will never ever be able to forgive yourself. And we will carry on without you. Still wishing you the best, but knowing you won’t ever get it again.
Not like this.

—————————————Also, I ate gummy bears for dinner.


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