Family isn’t about blood.

I have known this statement to be true for a while. Last night it was proven to me again. In a movie of all things. And perhaps in a movie where you would least expect it.

Through my two children I was introduced to the Fast & Furious movie franchise. I never expected to love these films…but I did.Ā  These movies are what you would expect…in a way. They have fast cars, crime, shoot outs, but they also have family and family values.


I looked forward to each and every new release…only once did I have a moment of…oh dear…really.

So it was with sadness that I heard the news that one of the stars of these movies died. Paul Walker died too young.


For a time I wondered if I would watch this last movie of the franchise with him in it, because it was only possible to be released with two of his brothers standing in for certain scenes.

I am so glad I finally did see it. Even if it broke my heart watching the ending. Knowing that those scenes had been filmed with the intention of saying goodbye from his cast members.

Vin Diesel may not be everyone’s cup of tea…but his tribute in the last scene…well it reminded me that family is those that live in our hearts and not just our veins.

I know this to be true because I have family that in no way are related by blood. They are related by heart, because I love them as dearly as it is possible. Just as I love some family by blood as well. So I know what Vin Diesel means when he says…”I used to say I lived my life a quarter mile at a time, I think that’s why we were brothers, because you did too. No matter where you are, whether it is a quarter mile away or half way across the world, you’ll always be with me.”

I swear…the stunts are fantastic…I held my breath with the car and three buildings one. I really did. Please…please watch this wonderful movie. You will not regret it.


  1. Hi Jo, I just spotted your post in my reader. And I have to say both the film and the actor Paul Walker are new to me.. I had to look up who he was.. And a tragic ending for any one..
    Thank you for the tribute and good to see a post from you ..
    Love and Hugs Sue xxx


  2. I think you’ve just swayed me to watch these movies. I too thought they were just not my thing. You bring out a good point that a movie can have deeper levels than just the shoot ’em up parts.


  3. I totally agree Jo, family are those you choose and who choose you, that is blood and way, way beyond. Like Sue these films and actors are new to me but theyve clearly had a profound effect on you to write this tribute. Its absolutely great to see you darling xā˜ŗx


  4. Every interview I saw with Vin Diesel about the movie and Paul Walker had him come across as very genuine in how their friendship was off and on set.

    I agree on the family thing too; my friends are more family than my family has been (not counting the one I spawned).


  5. Oh, I absolutely loved the movie and I love Vin Diesel as well. Not as much as I love Johnny Depp though, but you get the drift. šŸ˜†

    The only true family I have are my hubby and boys and furry friends and it’s true what you say – people who aren’t related by blood can be more loving and caring that any other relatives. ā™„


      1. LOL! Some adults don’t know how to appreciate the good things in life. šŸ˜€

        Oh, for sure. He is so adorable and don’t forget the sexy part. šŸ˜†


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