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January 11, 2014

Teenhood Today: You don't choose family, but I'd never change it


It’s weird for me to think of my parents, aunts and uncles having a similar relationship to that of my brothers and me. It makes me wonder about what my immediate family will look like in the future. Will I be the crazy aunt who all of my brothers’ kids are afraid of? Will I live a couple thousand miles away from my parents and spend Christmas together over Skype? Will I live two doors down from a brother and be the annoying sister who shows up every night for dinner?

People make comments all the time about how close my parents and I are, but will that last after I move out? I really hate the idea of never really talking to my family. I’m a very people-centered person, so I don’t think I’ll ever get to the point where I’m never talking to my parents or only calling up my brothers when I’m elected Empress of the World. But you never know what will happen in the future.

For now I’m just thankful for the Minecraft games, Trivial Pursuit, and shared stories. I’m learning not to take anything for granted, and I certainly don’t want my fabulous immediate and extended family to be something I brush to the side as unimportant. I truly am an extremely blessed person!

Miriam A. Thurber is a junior at Unatego Central School. ‘Teen

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