Friends can be the new family *GINGERBREAD HAUS*

I read a book awhile ago that stuck with me a bit…it was by an author named Ethan Watters and called “Urban Tribes: Are Friends the new Family” and I have to say that quite a bit of it stuck with me.

I have the unfortunate circumstance of being 1300km away from my genetic family. While it’s getting easier to communication with technology (got to love skype and facebook) it’s still difficult to really be there or share moments with them sometimes. I’ve been living here in Edmonton and for about 8ish years now and we’ve only really been back and forth a handful of times.

I love them very much and not a day goes by where I don’t wish I was physically closer so I could share in more of their life’s, success’s and failures. Ironically I sometimes find it’s those failures and troubles that can bring people closer together and that when you are far away and visit only so often you quite often just get the smiling faces.

*don’t get me too wrong, I love not having to be involved too much in the huge amounts of drama that being too close to family can bring.

My parents (and myself) occasionally day dream about living down in south BC, I could see it happening one day and would love to be that much closer.

Until then I wanted to really say thank you to all of my friends here in Alberta….every time I hang out with you guys I get a better appreciation for the social group that I am in. Each person challenges me in their own way and I learn from all the time. Some of you I’ve known from way back in Winnipeg and others I’ve known here for years while others have just recently entered my life.

Sometimes I don’t take the most photo’s because I strive to be “in the moment” but I think I do need to haul out the camera sometimes and make an effort to snap something worthwhile and put it up here (instead of just saving it to a harddrive that will eventually die)

Thanks again for everyone who came out to our gingerbread haus! was so much fun with gingbread houses, mulled wine , lite brite’s and a fireplace crackling. You are all my family.

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  1. ALIDA

    Love you too, Justin. It was an awesome evening!


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