Jessica Kinsman Professor Stephanie Moldwasky
Comp II language and identity
22 February 2011
The Kinsman’s definition of “Family”
My definition of family was different when I was younger than it is today. I thought that family was just the people I was related to nothing more. I was too selfish because I believed that it was my mom and dad’s duty to care for me and buy me nice things. I never appreciated them for the love, care, and sacrifice they showed to me throughout my early years. Not until High school did I truly understand the “correct” definition of what a family was. Fortunately, my Mom corrected my immaturity and told me, “Family is love, which means that you would do anything for them including sacrificing your life.” My parents taught me that the definition of family is sacrificing, demonstrating love, and showing concern for one another. Love is the main support of a family and should be constantly displayed to each other. My parents would always scold me when I would argue and fight with my siblings. They always said , “family’s should not fight but love one another.” As a result of these teachings I learned to not start problems with my siblings but help them with their problems. I remember when my little brother used to get picked on by my next door neighbor this evil little boy would throw sand in his face. I saw that my little brother was in trouble and stood up for him by hitting the trouble maker. It might not have been the best motive, but it stopped the boy from picking on my brother. My family also taught me that in order for my brothers and sister to acknowledge that I loved them I had to express it. I showed my love by hugging, stating I love you, by kissing their cheeks, and telling them how amazing they were. Love is the most important aspect of a family without love there is utter chaos. My parents taught me that I should want to sacrifice my time, money, and life for my family. My dad sacrificed his time for me by working ridiculously long hours to support me and my siblings. Without him sacrificing his money I would not have all the luxuries including nice name brand clothes, going to college, my computer, and my I Touch. In high school my parents told me that I should follow their example and splurge on my kids so that they will be happy and have good memories of their childhood. .When I was young my parents sacrificed a lot of their time to teach me so I would understand my studies in school. For example, at an early age they taught me to read and write so that I would be ahead of the other students in school. Thus, when I started school I was proficient in reading and writing and ended up entering advanced classes. By sacrificing their time for me I was able to become a more successful student; thus, wanted to help my family become successful too. One way I followed there example was helping my sister in math because that was a subject in which she struggled in; as a result of my sacrifice, my sister succeeded. My Mom once said to me that the Bible states that true love would mean that you would die for that person. My Mom looked me straight in the eyes and told me that she would die for me instantly if I was in danger. Her face looked serious and it almost brought me to tears because of her immense love for me. Thus I learned that I should want to sacrifice for my life for my family if I truly cared about them. Even though it is difficult to sacrifice your money, time, and life for your family if you truly love them you have to do it. My parents told me that caring for my family’s health is an important aspect of a family. I remember when I was in elementary school , and I would easily get sick with a fever during the winter. When I did get sick my mom waited on me and gave me soup for my dry throat and Sprite to help my upset stomach. If my fever was too high she would solve the problem by taking me to the doctors. I remember how my mom...
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