Today I read a blog about family written by Cory Zacker of Mosaic Tutoring. It really touched me. In it she wrote, “What difference does it make what a family looks like? Is there love there? Are the kids in school? Are they learning? Growing? Thriving? So what does it matter if the family photo is not a mirror reflection of the one most of us grew up with?
“For the true meaning of what a family is, we need look no further than the dictionary:
“fam-i-ly (noun): One or more adults and the children they care for.
My family looks like most others and then again it doesn’t. It has and it hasn’t. “Traditional” families are often defined as a mother, a father and children. Mine started out that way. Then I got divorced and I was a single mom. Was that not a family anymore? In my book, we were a family, perhaps more so because we were stronger than before. Then I remarried and we again looked like a “traditional” family.
22 years ago my oldest son told me he was gay. That made me look at my definition of family in a whole new light. I immediately assumed he wouldn’t have one. I knew gay men and lesbian women, but I didn’t know any who were with partners and children. 19 ½ years ago he met his spouse. Although they can’t legally marry, they consider themselves the same as married. So do I. And if they do decide to have children, they will be amazing dads. I agree with Cory. What difference does it make what family looks like? It’s really about love and caring and nurturing. I know many non-traditional families, all healthy and strong.
fam-i-ly (noun): One or more adults and the children they care for.
What do you think?
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