can I live with *and* without them?

Few relationships in life can be as fraught by the gap between expectation and reality as those between family members. So many of our cultures and communities put the concept of "family" on a pedestal, leaving us to feel broken, wrong, and guilty when our family relationships don't quite live up to what we were told to expect. Here you'll find stories of people just like you, trying to make the best of difficult situations, trying to nurture beauty in these most natural of bonds, trying to heal shared wounds, and trying to reconcile the difference between what the heart wants and what life has offered us.