Family by blood, sisters by choice
Written by Jean Yong
“An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship”-Spanish Proverb. Once born into a family, we inherit a blood relationship that ties us together. However there are other aspects that create a bond and our real family relationship. Although blood unites a child with their parents and relatives, it is who raises them that define a rightful family. In the play only Drunks and Children tell the truth, Janice was born into a native family, but taken away at age one. She explains how it impacted her life, and changed her views of her biological family. She describes the impact of her adoption in the play while saying “Janice: ‘I was born here but don’t feel at home here […] She’s family and I’m not because the Children’s Aid Society took me away’” (Drew Hayden Taylor, 90). It’s very hard to take all this in, having to learn the truth about her adoption. She feels that she Janice: ‘I wanted to belong here so bad. […] But from the moment I arrived, I knew I didn’t belong’” (Drew Hayden Taylor, 99). Just because Janice was given birth to by her mother, she got taken away before they had a chance to form a bond. However, her adoptive parents raised her, and she grew to love her adoptive family. As the above quote portrays Janice finally learns the truth after over 30 years and Barb her blood sister expects her to take truth in her sayings because they’re related by blood. I believe that Janice is trying to tell us how hard it is to adapt to the truth, and how hard it was to figure out who she really was and who her family was. I think that although she doesn’t want to believe at first, that she belonged with her native family that her thoughts will change because family will always be family. Your family will always be there for you no matter how much you try to avoid them or whatever you go through because by blood and faith they’re there for you.
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