The greatest dysfunctional family, ever

Every day, we fight about how to make this a better country.Β  And while we may disagree on how to get there, Independence isn’t about always getting what you want.

It’s about thinking what you want. Saying what you want. And always being able to stand up for what you believe in.

Happy Independence Day to our beautifully conflicted, argumentative, always-fighting country.

You’re the greatest dysfunctional family in the world.” – Brad Meltzer

Are dysfunctional families actually functional?  (Photo from "Little Miss Sunshine")

(Photo from “Little Miss Sunshine”)

Think about it: are dysfunctional families actually functional?

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20 thoughts on “The greatest dysfunctional family, ever

  1. I think it’s the DYSfunction that keeps life interesting. How boring it must be to live in a completely functional family. I wouldn’t change my crazy family for a million bucks!

    • I think so, too — that quote really made me realize that I don’t know anyone – not one person – with a “functional” family (like what was pushed to us on TV or in magazines, etc).
      It’s gotta be the nuances of the crazy that keep it interesting, for sure! πŸ™‚

  2. omg…so true, so true. You know I love the LMS photo. Well…we’re three families at the lake together this 4th of July week and are looking forward to returning another year…meaning we’re still friends…amazing.

    • See? You are making it work. Imagine if everything was all perfect and sunshine? Geez that’d be boring πŸ™‚ MJ

  3. So much is relative. I thought my family was dysfunctional and then I married into what I thought was the Cleaver family (Leave it to Beaver). Yikes! My family seemed so much more normal after that. Sometimes you can’t tell what a family is like from the outside and I supposed the same is true of countries. If there is a perfect one, someone should let me know.

    • BTW your like button isn’t working at the moment so consider yourself “liked”

    • Sometimes it really does take a full up view of someone else’s family to make yours look normal — or not! One of my favorite sayings is this one,”If you think you’re family’s not dysfunctional, there’s still time.” HA!


  4. Little Miss Sunshine is one of my favorite movies as it doesn’t sugarcoat their issues. Hilariously authentic in their emotions and reactions. I loved it.

    It’s the passage of time that gives perspective to the problems that we encounter, or when someone or something (like 9/11) that solidifies us to a unified front. Good post MJ. πŸ™‚

    • I loved that movie for all the same reasons :).

      And you’re right, sometimes we need something jarring to occur before we realize how “good” it can be!


  5. Agree MJ!

  6. This is great! Love Little Miss Sunshine too.

  7. Great post. Like you, I’m proud if the people of this country. We are always trying to make it better in our own unique ways…

  8. Well, I never really thought of our country that way, but it sure fits!

  9. cooper

    LMS – Great movie. Any family that believes they are not dysfunctional is, by definition, dysfunctional.

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