My family is extremely dysfunctional. I’m talking drugs, depression and a bunch of other stuff I’m hoping one day I can write about without people yelling at me. Our dysfunction is nothing we’re too ashamed to openly talk about though. My siblings and I can be found at family gatherings talking about things that occurred in our childhood that others have only heard about on news stories and Lifetime movies. At the end of the day though, we all love each other. And we’ve worked through the trials. Not that they’re over or anything. Oh no, they are not over.
I love getting together with these people because we make each other laugh. And even when my brother-in-law is making mixed drinks for my Mormon grandpa and my mom is sighing loudly for the millionth time, we’re all still (usually) smiling. No, it’s not because we’re all drunk. Usually only a couple of people are drunk. The rest of us are just happy to be there; sharing stories, laughing and spending time together.
Here we all (minus my little sister) are last night at our annual pumpkin carving event. Is everyone looking at the camera? No. Is someone (Mom!) hiding? Yes. Does my nephew Dylan have a pumpkin on his head? Of course he does!