"FAMILY" IS A VERB

For Christmas one year, my brother Heesok gave me and my kids 12 envelopes, for each month of the year and containing a crisp $50 bill after he heard his little sister crying over the phone about having dropped a full skillet of flounder onto the kitchen floor.

For Christmas one year, my brother Heesok gave me and my kids 12 envelopes, for each month of the year and containing a crisp $50 bill after he heard his little sister crying over the phone about having dropped a full skillet of flounder onto the kitchen floor.

During a recent brunch that lasted 7 hours, Bethann Hardison said to Joan and I "Family is a verb." And here are some examples of how my folks family:

Family comes and helps you pack and move from the East Village to Alphabet City after a failed marriage.

Family whisks your 4 year old daughter away because he feels your energy when you're on the verge of telling the woman you think is fucking your husband that you're going to kick the shit out of her if she's not gone in five minutes.

Family gives you a place to stay every time you to to LA and calls the spare room "your room."

Family loses his shit when a doorman puts his hands on you at a midtown club.

Family thinks of how to help you with every opportunity that is presented to him.

Family flies across the country to sit at your new dining room table in your new apartment because he knows your dinner parties are special to you and your way of expressing love.

Family chases after someone that looks like your son smoking weed in Brooklyn and is relieved that it's not.

Family lies in bed with you when you're sick as a dog and doesn't mind when you make fun of his bald spot.

Family flies you to Las Vegas for a friend's 40th because she knows you can't afford it yourself.

Family takes off her shoe and threatens a friend at Mars who's being a dick to you.

Family loves your kids like they're her own and gives your daughter her first job.

Family flies to Boston to be your temporary manager for your first big lecture.

Family tweets about your first big lecture to his 4.75M followers without even being asked and tells you to manage comedians.

Family always opens his heart and his door to you, no matter how busy, to let you cry a river of tears on his crisp Oxford shirt.

Family holds a grudge on your behalf until you say it's all good.

Family cries when you show her the sonogram of your first son in a cafe on Fulton.

Family opens her new home and family to you, reassures you about your professional choices.

Family comes from across town to cut the whole family's hair for love.

Family brings the cast and crew of his new show to get down with you at Soho House.

Family tells you not to go left and shimmies with you alone on the dance floor.

Family loves hard, goes hard, lives hard and teaches you the hard lessons.

Thank you to my family.