We have many folklore, proverbs and sayings in Jamaican on many topics but the one that is at the centre of today’s edition of our pictorial journey is “Blood,” or family.
Visit my Facebook page and watch my Live 5-minute conversation on blood and family at some point. For now though, the saying goes like this, “Blood thicker than water.”
A few years ago, an aunt of mine said that to me. I was very quick to disagree with her. See, my “blood” on my father’s side had basically abandoned me. They migrated from Jamaica to the United States soon after my his death in the 1980’s and I had no contact with them. That was until Facebook.
Blood Or Love
Through my Facebook profile, I met a cousin who resides in Australia. It was her who eventually put me in touch with another relative who lives in the United States. After 30-odd years, I was “re-connected,” with some of them.
You might wonder why I keep using the word “blood” and not family. Well, in my heart that is what is between my father’s side of the family and I – blood. The same cousin from Australia said a truism to me one day a couple or so years ago. “Blood makes us relatives but love makes us family.”
“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family. ” Jim Butcher
She, like Jim Butcher, was spot on! Every one of you reading this can share an experience, maybe your own or that of another, of true family, those who you choose because they love you deeply and are there for you always.
As you look at this picture today, would you share a comment on this – “Is blood really thicker than water?” Not sure what I mean, then visit my Facebook page, like it to make sure that you receive my posts in your newsfeed and get notice of when I go live today on this topic.
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Have a great rest of the day!