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FAMILY: "Family is the most precious gift we are given...Turn your back on them and that is when you truly have nothing."

Movie quote from: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) - Yia Yia (Maria Konstadarou)

sisterhood 2A 'family' does not have to be made up of blood relatives.  In truth, your family is that defined collection of people who are there to support you, no matter what.  For some people, their birth family plays that role.  For others, like the young women in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, their family is made up of friends with whom they have shared life's ups and downs.  Families are not born; they are earned.  We each can assemble our own unique family to support us as we face life's challenges.

The four 'sisters' of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants were pre-natal friends, their mothers having met at an aerobics class for expectant moms.  They each have distinct family lives and experiences, but when it comes to caring for each other they are united beyond their years.

They collectively face a new challenge in the summer between 11th and 12th grade.  Each of them will spend two months pursuing their distinct interests in a different location.  How will they deal with life's unfolding events without each other there for support?

The answer comes from a mysterious pair of jeans that, despite their differing body shapes, seems to fit them each perfectly.  They decide to FedEx the pants to each other each week, enabling the 'traveling pants' to make each of their summer experiences more magical.

The pants represent the support they feel from each other and it gives each young woman the courage to deal with life head on.  Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) discovers her heart while dealing with the death of a new friend; Lena (Alexis Bledel) confronts her grandfather's inflexibility; Carmen (America Ferrara) deals with an absentee father who has adopted a new family; and Bridget (Blake Lively) looks for comfort in all the wrong places while dealing with the death of a parent.  In each case, the sisterhood support gives each member the courage to be different, bringing much more rewarding results.

Do you have a supportive birth family or do you have a 'family of friends'?  No matter what your family structure, take time to thank them for the confidence they give you.  Families are not founded in bloodlines; they are founded in shared experiences.  Look to those who consistently love you without conditions.  This is where meaningful family will be found. 

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