The word family is one of those words where any meaning can be given to it. There is no set or universal definition or meaning to it. Like the word love, family is something that is defined by the person and/or culture. There are many, if not, tons of perspectives on families out there in the world. If you turn on your television, you’ll have a pretty good chance of running into a family, either on a reality show or in fantasy. Take for example, the TV reality show American Chopper. The show is mainly about motorcycles, but the family still exists there. It is not a necessarily a pretty, ideal family, but it is one. The famous Brady Bunch is also a family that is featured on the classic late night shows. It is more mainstream and ideal to America’s societal view of a ‘correct’ (working dad, stay-at-home mother, good children with high academic standing; everything is perfect) family. Even so, it still is a family. There are also cartoons with families; for instance, The Angry Beavers, is a show about two brothers, nobody else, but that is still a family. Definitions of families can go way back to the caveman days all the way to the unseen future. The problem with most societies is that they try to install an idea of what a “family” should be like. Family, like love, shouldn’t be restrained to anybody else’s definition—including mine—no matter how logical or real it may seem. My definition of family isn’t limited to a dictionary, article or that of a TV sitcom. It is much bigger than that. It also isn’t restrained to the ideals of history and imagined traditions. It is much deeper than that. My family is open to everybody, including you, the reader. There is no right or wrong answer to defining what a family means to you. Family is something you define. It’s your family after all, nobody else’s.
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