I recently was joking with my brother-in-law that he’s our family’s Most Valuable Player. “If you get injured, we’re totally screwed.” He’s just the one in our family we all depend on to help with anything and everything. Partly because he’s one of those Jack-of-all-trades types, but also because he’s so loyal that he never says, “No.” I have actually gotten onto MrZ before because he would try to get his brother to help us with stuff in the middle of exams, or something stressful like that. He also does everything he can to attend things that are important to everyone. He wakes up at the crack of done to see MrZ and I at important races, he gives up a weekend to participate in birthday parties. He has always had family so high on his priority list, we forget sometimes that he might be interested in having his own.
He gets married tomorrow. He and his future wife have been dating for so long, she is already like another member of the family. If she can’t make it to Sunday dinner (she’s a nurse, and can’t always come) it definitely feels like something is missing. I’m glad he found someone who prioritizes family as high as he does because I think we’d all be in trouble otherwise.
But – either way – they now officially are their own family. It’s an amazing thing and I just can’t believe it’s already here. I have learned so much about family through MrZ’s clan. They all travel across state boundaries for any event they can: graduations, confirmations, and most importantly: weddings. I think a lot of people could learn from his family. I know I’ve learned a lifetime full in just the seven years we’ve been together. I know that when my kids graduate or get married, their aunts and uncles will do everything they can to be there. That’s just the way they are. I’m blessed to be a part of it and I can’t wait until tomorrow to see this wonderful woman become an official member of our family. And I’m even happier to see MrZ’s brother marry his best friend.