In this age of technology, it is difficult to find families who simply break the rules of the conventional. Growing up, it sort of apparent how whimsical and nontraditional our families can be. There was strength in every unit of the family and this was something to cling on to.
1. You have various interests.
Nobody is sticking to the good old traditional role of becoming doctors, lawyers or engineers. Among your family members, everyone cherishes and wants to be someone different—maybe an athlete, maybe a photographer or a musician.
2. Each family member is an island to her or himself.
Although every member cherishes and spends a large amount of time together, there is distinction and respect among family members, especially when it comes to living apart and respecting each other’s space.
3. You know family is important.
When there is a special moment or reason to be together, you do not make excuses to be away from the family. Each family member knows that all family events are important.
4. You appreciate knowledge.
Education is important to your family. Getting a college or a professional degree is important. This could mean going away from home or making more financial commitments, but you understand why it is important that you get one.
5. You can have a drink with your dad.
You dad is a combination of old school and modern approach to life. There is flexibility and room for one to make mistakes.
6. There is always an interesting story to be told.
Whether it is from your parents or from your grandparents, there is this anecdotal story you have heard from them time and time again. And the more they tell it, the more it spins.
7. You have someone who covers for your mistakes.
You make mistakes and mistakes in an exotic family could bring forth a different kind of ridicule. But someone is always there to shield you—your brother or your sister—from the consequences of your wrongful action.
8. Your uncles and your aunts are like your second parents.
You have uncles and aunts who offer you advice, support and ridicule the same way your parents do. You may want to get away from their watchful eye, but it seems that they are very much interested in your progress in life.
9. You can look forward to family outings.
Family events and outings are something you yearn for. Not only do you catch up on lost time, but there is also always something intriguing and new to discover.
10. There is always an expert within the family.
It could be your grandma, who claims to have a drug for all ailments, or your grandfather, who has firsthand knowledge on how to make any woman or guy fall in love with you.
11. There is a celebration for almost anything.
Whether you passed your SATs and are going off to college, or getting a new job, or buying a new car, there is always something that ignites a celebration.
12. You will always cherish your family photos.
Wherever you go and whenever you come back, family is a part of you. And this is shown in the variety, amusement and love that is present in your family photos.
13. Your cousins and relatives are also your best friends.
There is no major divide between members of your immediate and extended family. When you hang out with your cousins or relatives, you always have something unforgettable to cherish.
14. There is always one person who partners with you in your mischief.
You love to create fun for yourself and others; thus you become mischievous and cook up schemes. And you have a brother or a sister who is always your partner in crime.
15. You have a confidante in your mom.
While everything may look unconventional and different, your mom is the one you can always have that heart-to-heart talk with.
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