My Idea of the Ideal Family

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Essay 2: My Idea of the Ideal Family
It amazes me how things change. When I was young I wanted a big family; now I feel lucky to have any family, but want everyone to be family. The way everything in life is constantly changing, what I believed as a child, even though it may be distorted in many ways now, but the basic concept I had of the world being a wonderful place, people getting along, being happy and good conquering evil is still very much alive. As life has progressed and so much has changed in the world around us all, so has my idea of the ideal family and several of my thoughts of what life for my family should be like; in hopes that someday this family will be a reality. As a child, I thought very differently about what I wanted my family life to be like. I wanted prince charming to ride up on his white horse, sweep me off my feet and live happily ever after; of course I was a princess back then. I dreamed of having thirteen children, just to be able to prove that the number 13 was not an unlucky number. I never really thought about being rich, but thought I would live in a big house, at least big enough to accommodate all thirteen children, my prince, myself and of course all the animals we would have. I figured many dogs and cats, which I assumed would be living in the house; we would have horses and stables, cows and pastures, chickens and coops, and whatever other kinds of animals we would take in, along with whatever was needed to take care of them. Of course, money was not even thought about for I guess money must grow on trees somewhere, because we were going to have many money trees, being we were royalty, and I cannot forget the white picket fence. Since that time, my ideal family, no longer consist of a mother, a father, thirteen children, many animals, a house with at least ten bedrooms and that fence; as a matter of fact, my ideal family seems to change a little more all the time. In the article “For Better, For Worse: Marriage Means Something Different Now” by Stephanie Coonz, she mentions that traditional marriage has changed, making way for a worldwide disorder and transformation of how people manage their family life. Even though, I have nothing against marriage, I would be the first to support anyone who wants to be married, I might even possibly be married again someday myself; it is just not a requirement for my ideal family, as my ideal family is so much larger and will continue to grow if I am married or not and whoever else is married or not. It does not matter how much money one has or does not have, if someone lives in a mansion or a shack, one does not even need a home to be in my ideal family. Although, unconditional love for all people and things are still not conditions for my perfect family, I would like to give it to all, to be part of the rock for this family, just a portion to help this family dream of mine become a reality. As Barbara Ehrenrich, says in her article “Are Families Dangerous?”, that the best families teach love and kindness. Since I believe that good will one day overcome evil, in a matter of speaking, I just hope to give enough unrestricted love to all, that the wickedness, obnoxiousness and all of the nasty, horrible and disgusting actions that some people make, will one day be a thing of the past, along with my old ideas of an ideal family. I keep imagining, if everyone and everything were just one big happy family, which taught unconditional love and kindness to all, what a wonderful world this could be, yet achieving this supreme family has to start somewhere, and since I believe this to be the best way for my idyllic family, then I might as well start it with myself. My conception of absolute love and family may be a dream at this time, but hopefully one day it will be actuality. My life has evolved from the fairytale stage of just believing for myself and my immediate family, to a much broader stage of dreaming of a complete global family. At the age of...
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