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Reflection on Family

By | Jan. 2012
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Family Reflection

”No one is ever born into Life alone. Everyone has shared the bond of family, at least at birth, and for many people it is a bond that will follow them throughout life. For many people it is the most important bond of all.”

Family means many things to different people, yet the word itself can bring about a host of emotions from anyone who hears the word uttered. As a child growing up in the 60s and 70s the family dynamic was defined by the people we grew up with were related to by blood, and extended to the many family members of the different generations that made up the family unit.

I have fond memories of growing up with love and compassion, by the people who I was surrounded with. The feeling of security and warmth that was created by the family I was lucky enough to have in my life. I always knew that any fear I might have experienced by an outside source would be eradicated, by my comfort zone, the people in my life. The feeling of belonging and acceptance was rewarding to the spirit and learning to live and become who I am is a direct result of my family's part in my life.

As the bonds of love and intimacy are formed, we will develop closeness to our family who are usually there for us through thick and thin. The father, son’s bond, the mother, daughter’s bond, the rivalry of siblings and the relationship of all family members gives us the unity we as human beings need to feel, as we strive for a sense of belonging and security, to function adequately in life. We do know that a family can be defined in many ways, two dads, two moms, a dad, and a mom, a mom and her offspring, or a dad and his brood. Whoever is in our family we will see that unit as the cornerstone of our existence.

As years go by and life evolves our immediate family will change. Grandparents, and parents may die and spouses can be added to the unit. Children will be born and once again the family changes to incorporate all the new...
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