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... [continues]
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