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I love this quote from “Lilo and Stitch.” I know that the movie is ten years old, and the last time I watched it was probably six years ago, but This quote has stuck with me through all of those years.
I have a million family members. I want to say not LITERALLY a million, but at the rate we’re going, who even knows? I have cousins everywhere, across the country and across the world. Then, you get to the friends and their families who have basically become my family. Whenever I get all nostalgic about a cute family moment or picture, I directly think “ohana.” Who knew “Lilo and Stitch” would have such a big impact on me?
This weekend, on family weekend, two of my distinct families meshed. My Penn State family met my true, blood related family. They got along so well, it was amazing to watch. I knew I loved them all for some reason or another. My friends, especially those I live with in Atherton, have truly become my family. This is my home. These people understand all of my little quirks and accept me for who I am, even when I’m sick or in a terrible mood and just want to sleep. They know me so well after such a short period of time. We can finish each other’s sentences and know what each other is feeling without having to say it. They know all about how when I’m cranky, I either need retail therapy, to work out, or to sleep. They know not to push me if I’m being reserved. They also know how incredibly happy I am for absolutely no reason most of the time. And I know all of these things about them. Whenever I see another adorable picture of us, and I must admit that there are many, I smile and think, “ohana.” Because these people are my family. I will never leave any of them behind, and they will never be forgotten.
Now, for my real family. I was never an overly attached child. I went through the typical “I don’t need my family” stage in my early teens.I love my family through thick and thin, but they really know how to drive me up a wall sometimes. It wasn’t until the last year or two before college that I began to recognize all their little quirks for what they are and love them for it. My family is as close as they come. We know everything about each other, but don’t always use this knowledge for good. My little sister can be a little brat, but I miss her so much while I’m away. I miss all the little things my parents used to do for me and I used to tell them, “Stop, I can do that by myself.” Now I just want my mom to help me do my laundry or take care of me when I’m sick. I want to be daddy’s little girl. I want to be a great older sister. Parents weekend allowed me time with my family and I cherished it. I loved every second of throwing my two lives together. My parents were so happy to see me so happy, and I was so happy to see them love my new home. My sister got to spend the entire weekend in my dorm. She met most of my friends and I really think she might end up going to Penn State too. I hate my passion blog to be so sappy, but I really am so passionate about my family. I’m happy that just because I went away doesn’t mean that I got left behind or forgotten. Now that my Atherton family and my biological family have gotten along so well, I need to see if my Atherton family could accept my Mahwah family as my friends begin to visit this year. THAT should be interesting. Gotta love all of my ohanas, for better or for worse.
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