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I Dont Believe You Have to Be Blood to Be Family

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    Family is whoever takes good care of you

    and no matter what will protect you and be there for you.Mother,father,uncle,aunt,cousin...just words with no meaning.You gotta earn the title by really being it.
    4biandu 4biandu 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 22

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    Life

    You know that saying that people are put into our lives--some for a reason, some for a season, some for a lifetime??  I have always been a passionate person, and the love I hold in my heart for my friends holds the same ferocity of emotion that marks my passionate nature...
    dyin2live dyin2live 31-35, F Apr 16, 2010

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    My sisters ( actually they're my BFF's )

    and I aren't related by blood
    EmoGirl286 EmoGirl286 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    Kinship

    There is that wonderful poem by the great Khalil Gibran with this opening: your children are not your children. (http://www.katsandogz.com/onchildren.html) As human being we are custodians, not possessors.  Often even our own children are hard to understand. ...
    moreandless moreandless 56-60, M 4 Responses Apr 4, 2010

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    My family is a bunch of back biters.

    My friends are closer to me and I trust them.
    Penguin47 Penguin47 66-70, M 6 days ago

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    Absolutely Not.

    I believe that there is obviously the family you are born to, and have blood ties with. I also think that throughout your life you find other people along the way that're part of a family that you get to choose. There're a couple friends of mine that I consider sisters above...
    lastleafoffall lastleafoffall 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 5, 2009

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    Jo- My Bff and sister

    Being an only child with divorced parents and an extended family all the way across the country, I never had a thriving family life per se.  I spent a lot of time alone when I was younger and never had that big family a lot of people are blessed with.  Therefore, over...
    pologirl31 pologirl31 18-21, F 2 Responses May 31, 2009

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    I Love My Ep Family:)

    You guys have been like family to me...and i love you all for that!=)
    mistyeyedlass mistyeyedlass 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 17, 2009

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    My family can be very strange.

    I prefer to be able to pick people who are loyal and supportive. Some people are so close to me they might as well be family.
    Dutchess68 Dutchess68 41-45 2 Responses Aug 4

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    Actually...

    I definitely consider my friends my family. I hardly speak to my "blood relatives" and when I do, it is just every once in a while to assure my mother that I am still alive in case she is wondering. I would give my friends the shirt off my...
    interplanetaryenvy interplanetaryenvy 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 24, 2009

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    In fact I have a friend closer

    than my family. My friend just went through a rough patch I found myself helping her despite the fact I could have been arrested for what i had to do. I know she would have done the same for me. We both have families that have turned their backs on us mine because I could not...
    nomorei nomorei 22-25, F Jun 23

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    "Family isn't always blood.

    It's the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what."
    JenZ10 JenZ10 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    emnam emnam 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 5

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    Audrina14 Audrina14 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 5

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    My best friend is part of my the family

    and she isn't a blood relative
    cotygal123 cotygal123 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 22

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    Another Feeling

    When i was born i couldnt have knownAll the things that i couldnt have undoneThose things i mean you could have stoppedinstead they carried on no matter whatbut in a way i guess you didnt knowbecause i was told never to showstill people guessed things toobut there was nothing...
    scream19 scream19 22-25, F 2 Responses May 18, 2012

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    There are so many blended families today

    and blood has nothing to do with saying someone is part of your family.
    SweetSillySusan SweetSillySusan 18-21, F Sep 15

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    I hate my family hate my be a strong word

    but I haven't seen my family in forever my dad left me when I was 2 and my mom was a drug attic I left when I was 15 and never seen them again my family is my best friends they are all I got for now and I love them so much I wouldn't trade them for anything
    skyrose12 skyrose12 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 17, 2013

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    I have two sisters that I have no blood

    relation to. One I've been friends with for 17 years, the other I've been friends with for 8 years. They've been more of a sister to me than my blood sister. To be honest, I don't even consider my blood sister to be my sister, or family at all. She doesn't deserve to be called...
    JerseyRoyaltyx0 JerseyRoyaltyx0 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 24

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    My mom has a friend that's really really close

    to us. In fact our whole family. She has two boys. Ones my age they other one is my brothers age... There so close that if I want J to stay the night, he can. And he stays in my room. Sometimes we sleep hip to hip. I sometimes lay on his chest watching a movie and he strokes...
    lovelygirll2323 lovelygirll2323 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 23

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    So True :)

    Me and my neighbors are exactly like a family. When I walk outside, at least one of them is always out...then all my neighbors come out automatically. It's kinda like a cult :P but I love them even when we get in fights :) But one question...is it weird if we all make out with no...
    Hanner24 Hanner24 16-17, F Oct 16, 2013

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    There are some adults

    who have treated me better than my own family, so I never have nor will think you need to be blood related in order to be family.
    Krc5 Krc5 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 13

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    Growing up you soon come to know those

    who can not only be relied upon in times of crises. But the rare few who think nothing of standing beside you when they know you need it! That makes them blood!
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M a week ago

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    Heart & Soul ...

      I am always jealous others about family matters I wish I had sisters, brothers, cousins, and so on I felt so down with myself and my destiny Until I found them here,, I have learnt that "blood" doesnt mean anything but Hearts & Souls connect us together...
    DollyDiva DollyDiva 22-25, F 9 Responses May 9, 2009

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    It's been made abundantly clear

    that I am not a part of their family, despite adoption and the emotional connection that happens between children and those around them. No. I am not a part of their family. At the same time I am. This goes round and round inside me. Both is the truth. Interesting because as...
    Lucienn Lucienn 18-21, T Jul 9

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    Strongly Agree

    I have a friend that is closer than sister to me, and we are not blood related. Yet I have a sister who is not that close to me and we don't have much in common.
    LordVoldemort LordVoldemort 36-40, F 4 Responses Apr 15, 2009

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    My whole life growing up,

    my family was never really close to me or each other. If we crossed paths, we would always yell and scream at each other. I believe it's possible to find friends that aren't related to you, an to consider them family. Friends sometimes give me more than my own family could ever...
    Leosbaby0311 Leosbaby0311 16-17, F Jun 23

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    It's Possible

    that I say this simply because I am adopted, and therefore part of a family that has absolutely no blood relation to me :)  But also, I believe that my closest friends are my family. I certainly love them all just as much as I do my blood family. Blood is nothing but...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 28, 2009

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    Blood Only Important When It Suits

    When my mother died when I was in my teens I spent most of my time living with an aunt who was not a blood relative, but the widowed wife of my uncle, who died fairly young before I was born. She had only been married to him a few years when he died, but ...
    Iggylad Iggylad 31-35, M 3 Responses Oct 21, 2009

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    Ever heard that "Blood runs thicker

    than water?" Probably so. The full saying is "The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb" if you don't understand what this means, it is simply saying that relationships made by choice are stronger than ones forced upon us.
    SayrahWessst SayrahWessst 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    No, I Don't Believe Blood Is Thicker Than Water Either !

      As much as I b!tch and moan about my mans mother, I love her as my own.  I loved my mom, but ya know?  When you leave home at 14 you kinda  don't really know them.  I have spent 23, 24 years in August  knowing his mom.   She calls me...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Apr 5, 2009

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    Some of the closest people I have in my life

    are not blood but certainly true family. It's always the ones who accept you for who you are and will do anything to make you smile. Love, support, trust, sacrifice, honesty, protection, gratitude, respect and loyalty makes you family.
    happygirl100 happygirl100 36-40, F 1 Response Jun 4

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    I Got Fam In Ep!

    YES... EVERYONE FROM MY PAST HAS ******* ON ME, FAM INCLUDED EXCEPT FOR MY SEED... I, FOR ONE, KNOW THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE BLOOD TO BE CONSIDERED FAMILY. FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH, MY BUDDIES IN EP HAVE BEEN BETTER TO ME THAN ANY FRIEND I'VE COME ACROSS... ALWAYS ATTENTIVE, ALWAYS...
    fukkboii fukkboii 36-40, F 2 Responses Apr 6, 2009

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    I have never believed this to be true

    and one perfect example is my friendship with my best friend Jamie, we've been best friends since school and even there have not been able to see each other much due to our lives whenever we've hung out together it's been like we were never apart and the brotherly love is there...
    coldavenue coldavenue 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 24

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    Blood

    My friends over the years have been way closer to me and more like family than my actual blood relatives.
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 19, 2010

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    I am looking for my biological grandparents.

    Mom was adopted in Charleston, SC and at that time it wasn't legal to find out who your parents were if you were adopted. All my other grandparents are dead and I'd like to know who my extended family is. I am going to start looking today. Wish me luck! :)
    savedbygrace030312 savedbygrace030312 26-30, F Dec 12, 2013

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    My best friend is my sister,

    there isn't anyone who can say otherwise lol
    jesikahluv jesikahluv 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I Have Family All Over

    its true i do have family all over. Some i have never met before. see i am what you call a juggalo. and i know some of you are saying right now he is a gang member or he is a **** up and other things along those lines.. but it is not true i dont care much for the music that bands...
    dtf2012 dtf2012 22-25, M Aug 23, 2012

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    Hmmm nooo not at all because,

    no one's parents are blood...At least i really hope not o-O
    ThatIsSoJill ThatIsSoJill 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    I'm Adopted So A No Brainer

    Beyond having lived a life of Family with no blood ties I am happy to extend my family to others who have no blood tie either. Family is about love, trust and unity... the whole planet should be Family.
    AngeGardien AngeGardien 46-50, M Sep 7, 2013

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    Family are the people i trust the most

    and would be willing to help them through tough times. However, i do believe that ppl can lose the right to be a family member, no matter how harsh that sounds. Current family members: 2 maybe 1 :/ idk. Starting to grow apart from a friend and talking to him less and less
    InfiniteMusic InfiniteMusic 13-15, M 6 days ago

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    Still ...

    I think in truth we are all of the same blood ... just gotta trace the lineage far back enough ... and we have some truly flailing cousins who desperately need our help!
    Jerielle Jerielle 46-50, T Dec 1, 2012

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    This is so true, it perfectly fits my life.

    Out of the 65 people that make my family I can only say I love a handful of them; although, I might still care and worry for the rest the people that I love are my mother, grandmother, my 2 cousins I grew up with. The babies of one them cousins, and my cousins parents. The rest...
    JosDor1510 JosDor1510 22-25, F Mar 7

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