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Caroline's Poems II

Updated on October 16, 2010

"Different Types of Families"

     “Different Types of Families”

            Do you have to be ‘blood-related’ to be a part of a family or can it just be a group of people who love, trust,  accept, respect and support each other’s goals and beliefs?

            A close and loyal friend who is always there

 for you ‘no matter what’ can be a person’s family.

            A group of co-workers who do their best to contribute toward the success of the company is called a ‘work family’.

            A group of strangers, who had become united by a crisis or tragic events, can act as a ‘family’, and give one another a feeling of comfort as well as offering encouragement and support, in their time of need.

            In today’s society, there are many different types of families: traditional (with a mother and father from the same family), blended, gay/lesbian, foster, adoptive, extended/cohabitating, working parents, joint-physical custody, low-income, single parent, step-families, and families with special needs…whatever you call it is not important, but rather the feeling of comfort, acceptance, love, trust, respect and support that a person gets from them-is what a family is all about.

By:  Caroline G. Vestuto

Copyright: 2008


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      CarolineVABC 7 years ago from Castaic

      I couldn't agree with you more, bradfield! Sometimes, people are closer to their friends than their own families which is sad, but it does happen. I think, one reason is that friends "value and respect" each other more than their own families sometimes. This is why, I think, if families treat each other as "friends"-give each other more respect, there will be less tension and they would enjoy being with each other better. So, DNA doesn't really dictate whom we call "family" anymore-sometimes, it is just there for identification:-). Thank you very much for your very enlightening comment, Bradfield!:-)

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      bradfield27 7 years ago

      These days it seems DNA does not mean as much as it used to in the old days in terms of family. Don't get me wrong, having a family is a wonderful thing. I've just noticed a lot of people are more distant from their relatives in today's world. I have a best friend who I have known since I was 6 months old and I attended many of her family reunions. I think it all depends on the relationship people have with each other.

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      CarolineVABC 7 years ago from Castaic

      Thank you, Bobbi, for your comment. Glad that you liked it!:-)

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      BobbiRant 7 years ago from New York

      this is nice, showing that families can come in all shapes and sizes. Very nice. There are many things that people can share making them a family. Nice hub.

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      CarolineVABC 7 years ago from Castaic

      Thank you for your reply, Apostle Jack, but if you can please explain further what you meant by "the consequences of conduct" and how that relates to my poem? Sorry for the 'dumb' question:-).

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      Apostle Jack 7 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      UNITY is the word, power, and substance of strength.As it is written:come, let us reason together saith the lord.You said it well,except that Principals should not be overlooked in any matter of communications.It's not the color, its the consequences of conduct.