My youngest not-so-little brother is getting married in a few short hours. To a remarkable, kind, funny, smart, talented woman who I am thrilled is becoming my sister.
It’s an amazing thing when your family grows. I was reminded at last night’s rehearsal dinner as I overheard members of discrete groups – some of which have been joined for years – create a new family. My mom’s family, my dad’s family, all of whom are my family. Sofia’s family. People from across state lines and down the road.
The family of my family becomes mine too. It is an expanding web of belonging that grows stronger the more threads are added.
A wedding, exciting as it is, is only the start. It is the tie that binds, the starting point that unites.
My brother found his wife. And incidentally my new sister. What a blessing.