We are Family
"We Are Family" was a hit dance song recorded by Sister Sledge in the 1970's. Even though the singers consisted of four sisters and therefore really were family, the song has most often been used by others as an expression of solidarity. For instance, “We are Family” was the theme song for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979, was played during the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and was featured in the film Private Benjamin. A cover version of the song was used as the theme song for the French equivalent of the American game show Family Feud. This song was even recorded in Japanese and was covered by numerous artists, including the Spice Girls and Alvin and the Chipmunks!
When I was a kid growing up in a family of seven children, we all had to pitch in and do chores around the house. No allowance ever changed hands. We did chores simply to keep the family running smoothly. No questions asked; it's just the way it was. Every single night after dinner, one of us would clear the dishes, one would wash them, one would rinse, one would dry, and another would put them away. Yet another would pack away leftovers and then the last one would take out the trash. None of us, not even the youngest, was ever excused from nightly dinner duty.
It takes a lot of hands of all different sizes and shapes to keep a family running smoothly, and it's very much the same way with any group we’re a part of, whether that’s a team of co-workers, a circle of friends, or a club we belong to. In order for any group to work well together and have a sense of solidarity, a variety of gifts and talents are needed to fill in the gaps and fit all the pieces together. It takes a lot of cooperation from all, with everyone pulling their fair share of the weight.
Author Jane Howard said “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” I have to agree with Jane. Even though the song says "We are family, I've got all my sisters with me", we have to remember that it's not just flesh and blood that makes us family. All of us are brothers and sisters, and we really should work together and look out for one another.