After the "characters" involved read this post today they would like some changes made to their references. First, Ed would like to be known as "Uncle Ed" and Donna as "Big Sister." So be it, I'm obliged to help them anyway I can!
One definition of Parent is: “something from which one or more similar and separate things have developed, or to which they are attached.”
The relationship between a parent and child is one of natures purest. We’re more “related” to our children than we are to our spouses. But, this doesn’t mean we have to be related by blood to experience this special bond.
All of my “blood” parents live very far away and enjoy a well deserved retirement in “paradise.” My mother, stepfather, and dad all live on
Parents are more than biological ancestors; they are people who care for children, whether their own or others and it doesn’t matter how old those children are.
Fortunately, I have some local “parents” that fill the void...
My neighbor, Ed, is one of my best friends, but more than that, he takes care of me and my family, like a father… because he is a father.
He considers my children his grandchildren.
He and his “better-half,” Linda, come to their birthday parties bearing generous gifts and genuine well wishes.
On Halloween, they always have a big candy bar for the boy… at Christmas time, there’s always a present or two at Ed & Linda’s house.
In the dead of winter, he continually calls me, just to check on us.
They’re always there to run to the store at a moments notice, or flip us the keys to their car when needed.
Ed takes me fishing in the summer; we spend afternoons away from everything, just experiencing nature. Whether or not we catch anything, we always have a good time. We get to clear our heads of all our mundane daily tasks. We’re just friends enjoying a moment on the ocean; a “father” and “son” spending time alone, as men.
He helps me with my lawn and leaf clean-up, and uses his “monster” snow blower to clear my driveway when the snow falls.
In return, we treat him like our father.
I’m always there to help him with any “project” he has gotten himself into and, my wife always includes them in her cooking binges.
The Helper needs to have his “Eddie and ‘Winda’” fix, too. “Let’s go see Eddie!” “I wonder what Eddie’s doin’?” “Here comes Ed, Dad!” “Where’s ‘Winda’s’ car?” “Did ‘Winda” go to work?”
They have a very special bond.
We’re included in all their “events” and they in ours. Even if we’re planning a small family gathering, there’s never a question about including Ed and Linda… they’re our family.
We have another “friend/parent,” Donna. She lives alone in a big beautiful house (I’ve done most of the work on it.) Donna never had any of her “own” children. But, she has a son, a daughter, and grandchildren.
She has framed pictures of the Helper… her grandson.
And like Ed and Linda, she’s always included in our intimate events.
Like any “natural” parent she cares for her children when they’re hurt…
When I blew my knee out, a few summers ago, Donna was at the hospital within twenty minutes of the ambulance delivering me. She stayed the entire time, making sure I was properly cared for by the staff. She is the Assistant Director of Nursing at
Long Island’s largest hospital.
From the time the Baby was conceived we knew he’d be born at Donna’s hospital.
In fact, we insisted!
With all the problems my wife had with the Helper, at another facility, we didn’t want to take any chances.
Our “mother” Donna (she’ll hate that, as it infers a slight clue to her age), was the one I picked up at the airport a few months back. At the end of this week she’ll be off again, this time to
for a poker tourney. We’ve agreed to only carry on bags this time! Las Vegas
I will again be charged with the care of her furry friends, as well as, looking after the house.
We’ll miss her, but wish her “luck” on her adventure. She’ll need it!
It’ll be another late night pick-up at
’s LaGuardia airport on Sunday… wish us luck! New York
Donna cares for us like her own, and we for her. It’s what children do.
While we may not get to choose who we’re related to by “blood,” we can develop relationships that are as strong, if not stronger, than natural family bonds.
My family is blessed to have these people in our lives. They’re more than friends they’re our family. An old saying says, “You don’t get to choose your family.” I don’t think this is entirely accurate…