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Old 12-04-2013, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Greater NYC
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I really like your post, OP, and I'm an only child (which I do/did dislike intently) with two dysfunctional parents. I've always yearned for siblings like you describe. I love hearing about larger families like yours where everyone is close and genuinely supportive, it sounds pretty terrific.
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:56 PM
 
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My family members have definitely annoyed me at one time or another, but nothing like the them-against-the-world posters on this site.

I love my dad because he's so inspiring and a total rags-to-riches story. I love my mom because she's the most nurturing human being in the world. And I love my sister because we click in a way that neither of us have ever clicked with anyone else. My dog back home and my cat, who's travelled with me across the US, are pretty amazing, too.

Don't see too much of my extended family, but they're all great characters as well.
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the universe
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I don't know if I'd call my family functional, but I do get along with my brother. Rarely have we ever truly fought.
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:28 PM
 
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My family has always gotten along and been supportive of each other. Sadly, when I said so once I was told that not everyone had a Cleaver family. I had to look that one up. I know I am lucky, and I would not change one thing about my childhood. I grew up pretty much running wild on an island with people watching out for me that loved me. Life was good, and home is still where I go when I am looking for unconditional love.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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Love hearing stories like yours! You rarely do! Thanks for bringing it onto the forum.
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:50 AM
 
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Love when people 'break their arm' online. Preach on, granny! Rap on! You tell 'em!
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:50 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I have a great relationship with my brother & sister, and I never understood my friends growing up who did nothing but fight with their siblings.

If only I felt the same way about my husband's brother :-p
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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I'm 11.5 years older than my brother but we get along great. I'm 28 and he's 16. He calls me all the time to tell me what's going on in his life, school, sports, girls etc. Him and my husband also get along great. It's funny that as the years pass this age difference seems smaller and smaller. He's really a great kid and I'm pretty proud of the young man he's becoming. When my husband and I first started dating, my brother was only 8. My husband thought it was weird how close we were even then, but back then it was more of a motherly relationship. Mostly, because he has less of an age difference with his sister but they were never close. She's 4 years older and never took any interest in his life. He used to say he envied how I was/am always there for my brother. Now that my brother is older, I consider him more of a friend. My husband and my brother have grown closer throughout the years. My brother calls my husband for advice and they went together with my dad to buy my brother's first car. I love that we have all evolved into this wonderful friendship. I wish we were closer with his sister though.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Sunny Bay Area, CA
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I also love my siblings and parents, we all get along great (some of them have had differences in the past however). Nice to read a positive thread!!
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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I also love my siblings and parents, we all get along great (some of them have had differences in the past however). Nice to read a positive thread!!
Yes, it is

And also, while there are too many dysfunctional, abusive families out there preventing some people from having positive family experiences, there is sadly a current mentality in this country of throwing the baby out with the bathwater and completely writing family off for petty reasons too.

The concepts of tolerance, acceptance and forgiveness do not appear to be taught so much anymore
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