What does "family" mean to you?

@Pascha (65)
United States
December 11, 2008 6:46am CST
I'm seeing a lot of family related discussions right now. Maybe it's because it's the holidays, so family is right at everyone's forethoughts, I don't know. So, before I go any further, what does family mean to you? What determines who is part of one's family? What are the responsibilities of the family members? How do the love dynamics work in your ideal family? As you think on these questions, consider everyone that you believe to be part of your family, even if they aren't related by blood. Take your time to think on these questions. Use your heart to determine their answers.
3 responses
@mhelisa (102)
• Philippines
11 Dec 08
Family for me are those people who you can call your home. They know you even if you don't say a word. They understand why you're mad at the situation or why you're happy. It's like even you wrapped yourself they still see you as transparent.
@Pascha (65)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Well said, Mhelisa. Family is of the heart. There is a certain communication that happens that is truly heart to heart. No words need to be said for everyone in the family to know and to understand. Very good answer!
@jhenn22 (1243)
• Philippines
11 Dec 08
for me family is a unit wherein love and harmony exist. Family are composes of father, mother and children. But it doesn't mean that if there is lacking it can't be called a family anymore. It can still be a family even if there's no mother no father no children as long you have a group of persons shows geniune love. And always there when someone needs help. To answer your question, yes it can still be called a family even if they are not related in blood.
@Pascha (65)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Very nice, Jhenn! Thank you for a well thought out response!
• United States
19 Dec 08
My family is my strength and they are my primary support system. Without them, I know I would not be where I am right now. I tribute everything I have achieved throughout my lifetime to them.