We may not love them all the time. We may be embarrassed to be seen with them some of the time. We can’t choose who’s a part of them; it just is the way it is. But, for better or for worse, like it or not, we’ve all got one. You guessed it, I’m talking about family.
I come from a very large, very loud, very Jewish family. One family that I feel like mine can somewhat relate to (minus the Jewish part) is the Kardashians. Yes, you read that correctly, I did say the Kardashians. No, I am not crazy or losing it…I mean it. And here’s why.
They stick together (regardless of how many walls Scott Disick puts his hands through):
The Kardashians have had so many different things published and said about various members of their family and through it all; they’ve managed to stick together. Although my family has yet to get bitten by the ‘fame’ bug, we know how important it is for us to stick together regardless of what other people say or think about us. In this respect, the Kardashians obviously do have it worse as all of them are in the lime-light at all times. When Scott Disick, Kourtney’s boyfriend, was shown in various episodes of ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ with a very recognizable anger problem, each member of the Kardashian family stood up for him. One of the first questions they would be asked during interviews would be about Scott’s behavior and every time, the family would answer unanimously and simply say that everyone makes mistakes, Scott is their family, and they love him regardless. To me, this is admirable. Every family definitely has their issues and unfortunately some family’s issues are in the public eye which makes it harder for the family to cope but, in my opinion, the Kardashians cope with problems like this flawlessly.
They choose to be best friends:
Growing up, I was always told that I had ‘built-in best friends’. Every time, I’d turn around, look at my four curly headed siblings, laugh, and think ‘I’m sure I can find cooler friends than them’. Well, I was wrong…on more than one account. First, none of the people I hang out with are conventionally ‘cool’ and second, I can honestly say that I do call each of my four siblings my best friends. Much like my family, the Kardashians also consider one another their best friends. I imagine that it’s difficult to find ‘true friends’ when you’re famous so it’s easiest to stick with the people who are stuck with you forever. If you watch ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ you know that not only do they work together, but they really do hang out with each other all the time. Even when they are physically apart, they make it a point to talk to each other at least once a day which I find extremely admirable.
They accept each other’s significant other (regardless of how ridiculous they are…cough, cough Lord Disick):
When you have such a tight knit family, it is difficult to imagine anyone else coming in and being a part of it. This is especially difficult when your siblings are your best friends because you feel that their significant other is ‘taking them away from you’. The Kardashian family has gone through this plenty of times. First with Scott (surprise); when Scott was going through his ‘rough patch’ Khloe, Kim, and Kris realized that the things he was doing was unhealthy for Kourtney to be around, especially with a small child. When they would bring this up, Kourtney would quickly get upset, shut down, and leave. They realized that Kourtney really does love Scott so they put their differences aside and made more of an effort to accept him and welcome him into their family. When Khloe and Lamar got engaged fairly quickly, the rest of the Kardashian family was surprised and worried. They thought that the two were being irresponsible and didn’t understand how large the decision to get married was. But, again, they put their differences aside, planned a beautiful wedding, and welcomed Lamar into the family with open arms. In my opinion, it is of the utmost importance that a family stands behind one another when it comes to this kind of situation (unless the significant other is a criminal of some kind) because when somebody finds the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with, making them feel uncomfortable about it is something that will surely tear the family apart. The Kardashians realized this and because of it have stayed the tightly knit family we know and love.
The Kardashian family is a busy bunch. Everybody has different schedules, many of them travel, and some of them still go to school. Because of this, Kris makes sure that every week the family drops what they’re doing and gets together for dinner. This is great for so many reasons. During the work week, everyone is stressed and extremely busy so one night of some family time is always good. You get to sit around and talk about everything that’s going on in your lives (and when you’re as busy as the Kardashians, you have quite a bit to talk about), and you just get to hang out together. Like the Kardashians, my family also has weekly family dinners. Growing up, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Friday night family time as I wasn’t allowed to make plans and go out with friends (and it comes with the teenaged territory to completely dislike family time in general). However, now that I’m in college and away from my family most of the time, I try and plan my visits home so that I can be there on time for our family dinner (even though now some of my siblings are teenagers and dislike the fact that they have to stay home and hang out with us lame-os).
Well, there! I’ve proven some of you wrong and shown you that the Kardashians, although a crazy bunch, definitely do have some kick-ass family values. You go, Kris Jenner. Now that you’ve read this, it’s your turn to get on the phone, call your family members, and tell them you love them.
Until next time,
- Arielle Ozery