95 thoughts on “Family

  1. Alison R

    One of the strongest relationships I have is with my family. Not just my family (My Mom, Dad, and brother), but my extended family too (Grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins). We have big family vacations, and pasta dinners every Sunday. I feel like what is so special about my family is we get together every Sunday and eat, drink and laugh. I have heard stories about families that don’t get along. That is why I feel like family is so important and I want to keep that close relationship with them. I look forward to seeing them every week.

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  2. Bailey Barstad

    Something I strongly believe in is family and friendship. Within family and friends is loyalty, trust, forgiveness. For me, family and friends are the same. I think of my friends as my family. All of them have been nothing but accepting of me, and I am very grateful. I can be myself around both my family and friends, knowing that they will not judge and I can always feel comfortable around them.
    Family and friends will pretty much always come before anything in my life. They are always there for me, no matter what happens, good or bad. They act as a strong support system. Throughout my entire life I have struggled with social issues, but I know at the end of the day I will always have my strong group of friends and my family to help me get through any issue I have. Especially now, with leaving them to go to college. I know that no matter how nervous I am with this huge change, I will always have endless support behind me to help. Having that support system is so important. I know I can rely on them for anything. I am realizing this now more than ever, knowing I have to leave them and won’t be able to see all of them every day. Many people take their families for granted, me included. They have always been there for me, and without them I really would not be the person I am today.

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  3. Jarod DellArciprete

    When asked about a strong belief within me, I immediately think of my family. Family is the backbone of my life, as others can probably say the same. My brother, mother and father I consider to be the closest of the many in my family. These three have had the most influence on me out of anyone in my family. They have installed moral values in me, taught me how to love, care for others, be confident and have a positive outlook on change. Five things that that are essential in life.
    In 4th grade I moved to Massachusetts from North Carolina. As anyone who has had to change schools, and make new friends know, its never easy especially as a 10 year old. I didn’t know what to expect or how to react to the news of moving hundreds of miles away. That is when I turned to my family for guidance, and they supported me. They taught me how to always have a positive outlook on all situations that i’m going through, and to take each hurdle in stride. They convinced me that every new experience is for the better, and everything happens for a reason which I strongly believe in today.
    Friends can be at your side when you need it most, but family will be there when no one else is. I can always turn to my family when in distress and I can count on them to make it better. With friendship comes an inseparable bond for a fixed amount of time, but with family comes an unbreakable friendship that lasts a lifetime. Family is first to me, theres nothing that compares.

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  4. Shannon Rivers

    If someone were to ask me at any point in my life what I believe in, there is one thing that would not change my mind; friendship. Yes, there have been different friends that have come and go but with each friendship I have learned something new. Whether it be new friends, old friends, or friends I don’t really even talk to that much anymore, they were still a part of my life that made me the person that I am today. The friendships that I have had for so long, I feel like I can tell them things I wouldn’t even tell my family. These friends keep me on my feet and won’t judge me for who I am.The feeling that I can be myself, be crazy and wild with my friends is the best feeling and they won’t judge me because they would join me. I am also excited for new friendships like the friends I hope to make in college that share my similar interests, and possibly my major. Old friendships may not be as great as they once were but I still appreciate them because of what they taught me and I also love the ones that I still have. I also love new friendships. New friendships are fun to have; I feel that these friends may bring something out of me, something I didn’t know about myself. I believe in friendships with people and what joy it can bring to my life.

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  5. ronique williams

    Family is an ambiguous term. For some, family correlates to those who have a biological link to you. For others, it may be a matter of adoption. For whatever form the word family takes in your life that is another unique interpretation.
    As for me, I believe in “chosen Family”. I believe that family is not about biological blood trace rather, family is about the distinct people who chose to be in your life no matter how great or how bad and the people that you chose right back. There’s a saying that expresses, “you can’t choose your family” However, I disagree.
    I believe that chosen family is explicitly a body of support that you grow into. Chosen family is about loyalty, consistency, growth, and love.
    I found my chosen family when I was six years old at camp. As a little 6 year old, I thought camp would just be another summer activity. I never would have thought that it would serve as my oasis, home, family and my rock. I never really had much stability in my life until I found camp. Within this organization I found consistency, loyalty, and much more. The people here make life feel much more tolerable. For me life didn’t necessarily get easier, Camp just helped me get better at dealing with its twists and turns. Furthermore, the people within this family supported me the whole way through. Free of ridicule or embarrassment, this was home. My first home. That is what my family is all about. That is what Chosen family is all about.

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  6. Samuel Almeida

    Family is needed in every person’s life, so I know it be certain that it is very important to have family.The simple definition of a belief is almost complete confidence in the truth but the lack in evidence making it a fact. That is why it is not my belief that family is important but a known fact and truth. Family has always been very important in my life and have always been there whenever I have needed them. At all the lowest points in my life I can always recall having someone close by comforting me, and I know I can always count on someone in the future being right there. As a child I can recall something as classic as a bike ride fall. The first couple of times when I was learning how to ride a bike and I fell over and scraped my knee or my elbow. My mother would always be right there after dropping whatever she was doing to take care of my wounds and to comfort me in what felt like the worst day of my life. At some of the best days in my life my family have always been there too. Family can make the best moments out of nothing and that’s what makes them so special. You can be you with them and not have to worry about what they think, or them judging you. Family is always needed no matter how much anyone wants to think otherwise. That is why I do not believe that family is important but know for a fact that they are.

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  7. Zach Costa

    Family is the most crucial aspect to any person’s development and life. After all, your family is responsible to bring you to your first day of kindergarten, you first check-ups, and your first play-dates. They are supposed to be there to help you with your homework, even if by the time you’re in high school they may not remember how to do calculus and statistics. My family taught me that with desire and determination, many things are possible, and it is my desire and determination to make my family proud that allows me to push myself through challenges and to new heights. Even at times when I have tried to push them away, my family has always pulled me closer.
    My family has always wanted what was best for me. I remember that even in my first years of elementary school, my family always wanted me to push myself to get the best grades possible. Being a first generation American, I was always told by my parents that “hard work pays off in the end.” They told me that if I continued to push myself through my studies, as they had done in theirs, I would be able to get all the things I wanted in life. It was the desire for what I wanted and the determination that my family instilled in me from a young age that propelled me through all levels of my education. It is because of my family that I am who I am today.

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  8. Victoria Woodward

    I believe in family. I believe that family has the power and ability to trump any and every problem faced your way. My life I have come to find that certain friends are only temporary, but family, family is always there in the end. Fights happen, people walk away, but in time, unlike any other person in your life, family is the one constant that will always be there no matter what. I believe in the bond of family, I believe that the bond formed among a family is the strongest bond to ever exist. Family is the one place that fear does not exist because love and peace push that fear away. In my life, I know that being with family is the one place I can be myself and fully trust each other. A safe and trustworthy space to live freely is what a family should create and stand for. I believe the love created by a family is truly special. Family learns to forgive and forget the mistakes made and understand each other. I would like to think that my family is not the only ones out there who share the same values as us. I would like to believe that others feel safer and fully loved when surrounded by family, but I know that that is not always the case. So instead of believing in a family, I believe in my family because I know that when I am with them, I can be be truly happy.

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  9. Stephanie DelRosso

    In everyone’s life, there is that certain person who they know that they can go to for anything. Whether it is a child, friend, uncle, aunt, grandparent or parent, there is always someone for everyone. But when I just need someone to comfort me, I go to my pets. Despite the fact that they cannot speak or completely understand what I am saying, they are the only ones who can always console me.
    When I have a hard day at work or school, I come home and immediately let both of my dogs inside. After they run around for awhile and I give them biscuits, they come and lay down with me. We either watch television or they sit next to me while I do homework. I believe that dogs’ care for each other more than humans can care for each other. My one-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever Axl is epileptic. When he is on the floor having one, Bailey comes over and watches him to make sure he is okay and does not get hurt.
    When I was a little girl I was terrified of dogs. It was when my cousin’s dog Zoey barely even bit my ankle that I became afraid of dogs. When my parents brought Bailey home I was sort of afraid. But she was so sweet looking I could not help but try to pat her. I believe dogs are some of the best souls around, and I do not know what we did to deserve them.

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  10. Mia Arruda

    Buildings are erected from the ground up, basing their strength and durability on their foundation. Like a building, a family begins with a strong foundation where roots are planted and memories are made; making many of these buildings, homes.
    Although it is cliché, family has been, and always will be, my number one priority. I am lucky enough to have two homes, two parents, two siblings, two step parents, and four incredible grandparents that have helped shape me into the young woman that I have become. I firmly believe that they are the reason I strive to be the best version of myself that I can be. Without them, I would be lost.
    My parents gifted me the opportunity to choose my high school; I chose Durfee. As I walked through those doors, in September of 2012, I did not expect to meet people who would become my forever friends, my second family. Suddenly, I blinked and it was graduation day and, coincidentally, the day before my UMass orientation. As I sat and watched the Class of 2016 walk across the stage something clicked.
    For the first time, I realized that family has no definition. Family is a support system, a shoulder to cry on, and a shoulder to laugh on, for that matter. When I was younger, I cherished only the family I was born into, not my elementary school principal who took me under her wing whenever life refused to go as planned. It took me too long to realize that family is more than blood. Ultimately, family is what matters and, that is why Durfee became my home.

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  11. Alina Teixeira

    One of the most important things in the world that I believe in is Family. Although at times it may seem as if it might not be. Growing up my family did and still does a lot together even though it might feel like it’s not a big deal, but I can say otherwise. Watching tv is a big deal you never know when the last day, hour, minute, or even second will be with someone that you care about. Most of the values that I know and believe was influenced by my family members. One of my three older brothers taught and still teaches me so many of his beliefs. He tries to teach me something everyday, such as today he told me to be positive no matter the situation.
    To be family you don’t necessarily have to be blood related. Some people consider their friends family. I have some friends that I would consider family before blood . Most of my friends do things that not even so called “family” members would do. Family is about love and loyalty. Without those things no matter what blood says you’re not family at all. Also family is about being there no matter the situation.
    In conclusion family is a very crucial subject for me and I think they still have a lot to teach me . I am also looking forward to teaching my family what I learn these next four years in college. I believe in family and family believes in me! I will not forget that family is about love and loyalty and I hope to build and find more family in college and in life.

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  12. Kaitlyn Collins

    When I take a moment to step back and think what I really believe in, my mind goes straight to the most basic cliché many may hold dear to them; and that is family. Family is really anyone that makes you feel safe and loved, anyone who is always there for you no matter what. For myself, when I think of the word family, I think of my actual relatives and my closest friends. No matter what I had been going through throughout my life they had always been there for me. Personally I am extremely close with my Mom, and I consider her my best friend. But sometimes I wouldn’t be able to tell my Mom something, or we would get into an outrageous fight. That’s where my best friends always came in for a shoulder for me to cry on, someone to help me out when I needed it too. From the start of middle school all the way through high school I had the same wonderful group of friends and we never abandoned each other.Weather it was me coming home in tears in elementary school from fighting with my friends and running into my Mom’s arms; or me coming home frustrated and angry in middle school not understanding something being taught in class, or going out with friends talking about how overwhelming and stressful it was applying for colleges in high school. No matter what was happening in our lives, we were all there to help each other.

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  13. Mckyle Santos

    I believe in Family/Trust. Throughout life we make choices that can either build or destroy the trust we start out within us. Whether it comes from family, friends, or yourself, believing in the bonds you share shape you into the person you are, from birth to death. In all, you need your family, friends and you, to find who you are and what you want to do for the rest of your life. Often families with nothing tend to have a bond of trust and love that’s untouchable, no family is the same, some are damaged beyond repair, some are bound to crumble, and very few that are strong and can overcome any obstacles. In some cases, bonds don’t always work out the way they should. Fathers who are supposed to love and protect you, can lash out and become cruel. Mothers who are supposed to show you kindness and compassion, will sometimes only show you greed. But for others, parents or loved ones are there to supper you during life changing events. Family are the people who know how to make you laugh and try to give you the guidance and skills to influence your life for the better. In all, the cards you were dealt or in this case the family were born into is something you can’t change and even sometimes you can’t trust.

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  14. Gabriel Azubuike

    Different families have different expectations for the younger members of their family. Some families have higher expectations than others. However, different families and different standards still carry the same message for their children, which is wanting a well and happy life. Personally, I have known the expectations that I was held to and how important they were to my family before I started elementary school. Coming from no-nonsense Nigerian parents, I was taught that education and good grades were vital for a bright future. Throughout elementary and middle school, I always earned good grades. Although I was satisfied with the grades I received, my parents were never satisfied. For every B I earned, I remembered being told to make those A’s next time. It seemed like never appreciated and understood the effort that I put in to earn those grades. When high school came, I was starting to feel the pressure, but I was still wasn’t ready to stop. The beginning of high school went pretty well. However, C’s later started becoming a little more frequent for my liking or my parents liking. The reoccurrence of C’s as well as the pressure that my parents put on me caused apathy towards my grades and how my parents felt about it. But as the apathy for their opinion developed, so did my drive for success. Successful or not, no one will ever love me like my family does, which is what family is about.

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  15. Helen Teklehaimanot

    I believe in family. As far as I can remember family has been everything to me. Because family is not only about having people to talk to or to lean on, although that’s some of its significance. But it’s a community, that thought me some of the most important values in life, like love, respect, and kindness. The unconditional love and the relentless support for the people I love. Therefore, it’s one of the few things that I can always depend on.
    When I think of family I do not only think of my siblings and parents but distance relatives as well. Similarly, for a lot of other people, a family does not only mean immediate family members but also distance family members and not blood relatives. I was imprisoned at the age 16 for trying to escape my country illegally, not only my immediate family members but also my distance family members visited me and fought to get me out of prison. The best thing about family is that they will always be there for you to help through difficult times and your times of need.
    A lot of times family can also be the biggest burden. But there is the unrestrained love that makes it effortless to forget all the troubles and pain that can come with family. Although, most of the time we do not remember the importance of family but it’s something that helps us grow and become who we are as individuals.

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  16. It’s the year 2016 and it took me eighteen years to realize what an extraordinary influence my mother has been on my life. She’s the kind of person who would drop everything in a heartbeat to help others, and the kind of mother who always has time for her three children. Growing up with such a strong role model, I developed many of her passions. I not only came to love the excitement of learning simply for the sake of knowing something new, but I also came to understand the idea of giving back to community. She would dedicate as much as her time for fundraising events. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to look up to.
    To be honest, my relationship with my mother hasn’t always been rainbows and butterflies. We’ve had our mother-daughter fights and yet we still love each other endlessly. A pivotal point in my life is when I was 14 years of age and I didn’t always obey them. I wouldn’t do what my parents had asked me to do. I did well in school and thought I knew it all. But through it all, my mother loves me unconditionally. There is nothing stronger than love and love conquers it all. Being so young, I did not realize the amount of work it takes to care for someone important in life or to put someone else’s life before their own. Everything that my mother has done has been overshadowed by the thought behind it. While the unprocessed experiences I have had at home have been spectacular, I have learned to truly value them by watching my mother. She has enhanced my life with her passion for learning and changed it with her unconditional love.

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  17. Celine Vu

    Throughout all of the high’s and low’s of my life, one aspect has remained steady through it all; my family. At first thought, an immediate family would come to mind for some, but for me there are many more. Of course my Mom, Dad, and 3 younger sisters are all included in this, but I also mean my “best friends” as well. I say “best friends” because these select few are those who I believe have become my family through heart. They have shown me loyalty, concern, and care just as my own blood family would. I believe that best friends are the ones that you should love as equally as your own family because they have a choice. They have a choice in whether or not to remain in your life and how to treat you. An immediate family, in most cases, is required to do that. Nonetheless, both my family and best friends are the same to me.
    I consider my family to be the most important people in my life because they are the first ones I run to in excitement from receiving good news, or when I’m dejected and am need of uplifting. With the love I have received from both my family and best friends, I am fueled to be a better person. They will forever remain a constant source of love in my life; and I hope to be theirs too. I believe in family because they believe in me.

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  18. Alix Pierre

    For someone like me who does not trust many people, the only people that we can count on is family. Family is what i believe in. We all like to believe that family is made up of who conceived us. To most people they think that family is only your mother, father, siblings or blood relatives. To me, I believe that family is more complicated than that. Family is made up of those who care about your well being. Family are made up of those you never have to question where their best interest for you are. From the day you are born, you want to surround yourself with those ready to go to hell and back to keep you safe. Family is what I believe in. Family to me is that no matter how many mistakes you make, or how bad they are they are there to help fix them. Family to me are those who are there to help you up every time you have fallen. They are there to pick up the pieces when you are broken. My two best friends that I have grown up with, I consider them to be family. It makes them sad to see me troubled, it makes them happy to see me doing well. This is why to me family isn’t just blood, it’s the relationships and the bonds you build. The manner in how you treat one another is what keeps those connections strong. Family is what I believe in.

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  19. Jordan Almeida

    I believe in family. Everytime I ask someone close to me, what is the most important thing in life, most people would tell me, that family is the most important thing in life. I strongly believe that family is the most important thing in life because they all love you. It never really matters what the circumstances are, family would do anything for you. My parents would always say that to me and at one time I didn’t believe that. I was wrong, my parents and all my family always cared for me. When I would be really ill, they all visited me and took good care of me. And, when I needed any support, they would always be there for me. I also believe that my friends are like my family as well.
    My friends have always stood by me when things got tuff, as well as my family, and that’s what families who really care do. My grandparents don’t speak much english because they are from portugal, but they believe as I do, the family is the most important thing in life. My Grandfather one day saw his brother really ill, and was at the point where he knew he was going to pass away after suffering from cancer. His whole family stood by him and never left his side until his last day. My Grandfather’s brother was a great man, and everyone who knew him has said nothing but good things about him. My mom told me that story, and she said that’s why family should aways come first in life. She was right, no one can replace family, because no one knows you like your family does.
    A moment of loosing someone whom I loved so much, also occurred in front of my very own eyes. It was two days before my birthday and my aunt was dying because she had been battleing cancer. It was around 7 o’clock in the evening and I saw my aunt dying in her house after she had been suffering so much. My family and I were all gathered around her bed side singing her favorite songs, and after singing one of her most favorite songs she passed away. I was so devastated, and felt really hopeless and unable to do anything. Then all of us gave each other hugs and just talked about all the good memories we shared with her, and that alone made me feel so much better that my family was there to help me thorugh it all.
    Without my family I don’t know where I would be today. Whenever I go to family reunions I feel so happy, because I finally get to see my family and see how much has changed during the time we haven’t seen each other. I usually see them on special occasions like parties and weddings, but when we’re all together at our family reunions, it’s different. We are all together talking about work, school, life and other growing up topics. Usually, when we’re all together like that, I always learn a thing or two, like how to play rugby, or how to play volleyball.
    Most of all about family, is that they will never be forgotten. Memories will last a lifetime. Families are the strongest things in life. Families can sometimes be broken, but they can also strenghen our lives. We all work together and help each other out. Through good times and bad times, family is always there for you. This is why I believe that family is the most important thing in life!

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  20. Alexandra Poullas

    Whether we like it or not we are all part of a family. In every family there are certain beliefs that are engrained into us from a small age. When I was asked to write an essay about what I believe in there was no question about it, I was going to write about family. Family has always been my rock. There is a special bond that exists among family members. They are the ones that you turn to for guidance when you don’t know what to do. Growing up I didn’t really have that much family around. The only family that I had was my mother, father, grandma, and siblings. The rest of my family lived in Greece. Living in a totally different country away from the rest of your family leaves an emptiness in your heart that you just can’t repair. I’ve always had a sense of longing for my family. I was fortunate enough to go to Greece this summer and see the rest of my family. From the first moment I saw them I could see that they had that emptiness and longing in their hearts as well. Everything that is defined and said about family is exactly how my family is. I know that when I’m around them there is no judgement or hostility. Only love and care for one another. I can be myself around them. We all share a special bond that will last a lifetime. My family is my rock…always and forever.

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  21. Daniel Dumais

    As I grew up, there has been a constant factor — family. When it comes to family, most people would often think about the ones who are closest to you. This would include people such as my mother, my step-father, my twin brother, and my older brother. I obviously know that these people are my family, but I do not consider them to be my whole family. I consider my family to be my distant relatives, friends, co-workers, and even my dogs. It is very easy to become part of my “family”. When it comes down to it, all you need to have to become part of my family is loyalty and trust. If I can trust you with my secrets, then you are my family. If you come to my side in an argument or a fight, then you are my family. This also goes the opposite way. If you break my trust or if do not have my back, then you are out of my family. But when it all comes down to it, my friends and my family pretty much have the same exact thing in my eyes.

    The most important factor in my life has to be my family. Some people would say “well that’s corny. You could choose anything, but you choose family”. I choose family because with family I know I can go to them for almost anything I need.

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  22. Kevin Sengara

    I believe in the power of family, the definition of what a family is can differ from one person to the next; but to me family runs deeper than to be joined by blood or marriage. Families are a network of people who will always support and accept who you are and what choices you make without any judgment. Family is the promise that you will never give up on someone regardless of the good or bad decisions that you might make in life. The love that consists in my family is unconditional, I know that no matter how hard I fall I will always have them to pick me back up again. I am able to count on the support i will receive from them when it comes to dream and goals I want to achieve. My family has continued to grow over the course of my life. I am fortunate enough to have both my parents, my sister and brother, extended family like aunts and uncles and grandparents all be apart of my life; as well as the friends that have joined along the way. In some situations the family that is not joined by blood can be even stronger than if it was because it was a connection made by choice, a pact to always be a constant in each others life.

    My family has always been a constant reminder to me of how easy it is to be the very best version of myself. I have not always see just how big of an impact they make on me each day but i am so thankful that I was sculpted by the amazing people who surrounded me as i was growing up. I believe that because of the foundation that I matured on i will be able to provide other people in my life with the same love, care and guidance. I have always been taught the 5 ‘ L’s ‘ to make any relationship strong, Learning, Loyalty, Love, Laughter and Leadership. Of course like any family we have moments of feeling angry, agitated and even disappointed in each other, but what makes my family so substantial is how we find forgiveness, understand and hope in situations that would sometimes brake the bonds people may have.

    There has always been a sense of pride in my family that has been a force to recon with. If it has been sport or school or any kind of personal goal reached it is always praised. When one of us accomplish something it is perceived in everyone, because we know that without each other it may have not been possible to achieve what we did. I am so appreciative of everyone who never fails to be everything that I think ‘family’ should be, and my hope is that they feel the same support from me. It is hard to think of where i might be without them but with each new person who joins our family I am reminded of just how blessed I am.

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