How many families do you have?
I know the official definition of a family is generally something along the line of a group of people related by blood or marriage. However I prefer a more open interpretation of a group of people related by a common bond. The bond could be blood or marriage or it could be shared experiences, interests, etc.
I of course have my often referred to fantastic family who are genetically and legally related to me, but I like to think of my circles of friends as families too. Like a hugely complex venn diagram they intersect but have their own identities.
Today I had lunch with with SEAF - the South East Asian Family. They are the group of people who I travelled to Vietnam and Cambodia with earlier this year and who you may have got to know on my travel blog http://havepassport-willtravel.blogspot.com/. It was such a great trip, it absolutely cemented the bonds of friendship between the 8 of us.
But we are 8 very busy people, corralling us together is not an easy task. Not all 8 made it to lunch, but those who did had the usual rowdy, irreverent, laughter filled conversation that marks our get togethers. It was just lovely.
On a side note, to those who started to follow me from the Vogue forums, I have been banned. Apparently over the many years and thousands of posts, I've started a number of inappropriate threads. I do know I started one about pets and another about cleaners before I become aware that those were no, no topics and I've also started a few on news and current affairs that were more about society today than strict news topics, so the Vogue Fashion Police have spoken and Vivacious is no more. I hope that I've been a productive member of the community, it has been fun! However who knows what fantastic new forum I will now find to waste my time on (feel free to make suggestions).
And I hope the Vougettes will continue to read me!