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What Is a Family

Author Unknown

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What Is A Family?

Warmth when the world is cold. Safety when the world is hostile. A place of love in a world of hate. A place of light in the midst of darkness. This is a family. A family is many things.

It is love around the table or in front of the fireplace. It is devotion sitting on a pew together. It is a mother singing as she goes about preparing supper and father happily playing with laughing children.

A family is a yell squad when victory is won. It's a place of understanding and starting again when a defeat must be endured.

It is a very private organization, only bonafide members are allowed in. As a poet said, "All of us are ‘we'...and everyone else is ‘they.'" It is held together with the glue of love and the cement of mutual respect.

The family is a shelter from the storm...a safe and friendly port when the waves of life become too wild. No person is ever alone if he is a member of a family.

The smile of a mother...the robust laughter of a father...the giggle of daughters...the shouts of sons...that's family.

They may taunt one another, they may fight, fuss and bicker among each other, but when trouble threatens from outside forces, instantly the ranks close and the troops unite.

A family is all of these things, but most of all, a family is a group of human beings working together to build something beautiful and lasting.

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