Sometimes water is thicker than blood. Sometimes the lines between families and friends can be blurred into something beautiful. Sometimes it is not just about a day at the beach, but what came of the moments shared between people.
This is the story about my second family.
This account begins with a stereotypical start. Boy meets girl. They fall in love. Things are wonderful, right? No. Boy moves to Alaska. Girl is left alone.
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I found my second family in shambles with the departure of their son. His mother was devastated. He had left due to irreconcilable differences. Those days dragged on like marathons in bare feet. Unprompted, one day, his mother invites me to come to the beach with her, as a congenial form of friendship, extending her hand into my family. Reluctantly, in the wake of my personal disaster, I agreed to go. At first, things were quiet. We had not talked much, before and the subtle tension of strangers was tangible. Eventually, the impersonal silence broke; at first, conversation crept in like the first blooms of spring, then flourished with stories of youth as we imbibed the rays of sunshine. We shared our accounts of humorous misadventures and recounted tales otherwise unknown by the other. Her rambunctious, red-haired daughter understood little of what we spoke of, but bestowed her blind affection upon me without apprehension. These moments are indelibly written into my mind as the months went by, making life exceptionally easier to cope with. I had another family to support me.
Although I have moved on from the origin of my troubles, the experience has undoubtedly formed a stronger person inside of me. It was not about the actual event itself, but the companionship formed as a result of the occurance. To this day, I continue to recognize the worth of my second family, and remember the auspicious day I discovered them, a pillar of hope in the midst of a private tidal wave.
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