18 February 1997
What Family Is To Me
Since birth, I have grown up with a different concept of family than most people
adoption gave me a family to belong to and be loved by.
Love is the first part in any family. I can be defined in more ways than one.
Family love is the strongest type because it is unconditional. This unconditional love
love for twenty years now. And after all the things I have done wrong, or done badly, my
years to build, but can be broken very easily. By breaking trust with a family member one
is also breaking respect of the family. The two ideas go hand in hand. My parents
respected me enough to tell me that I was adopted, instead of lying to me and having me
find out later in life that I wasn’t their biological son. This respect that my parents gave
me, in turn gave me their trust. And I gave them the respect and trust that was given to
Without sacrifice, a family cannot be. The sacrifices that family members make for
each other show the willingness to be an unselfish part of a family. Sacrifices also display
the love, respect and trust in a family. I know that even though some of the time it may
the smallest sacrifices that make the biggest difference in a family.
Families do not have to be biological. Here in Altoona, I have a chosen family of
friends who I consider to be just as close as a family. Among my chosen family, one can
find love, respect and trust, and sacrifice for one another. As a chosen family we still
love toward each other.