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April 19, 2009

The art of families

As I have talked in my past blogs, families are a one of a kind gift that hopefully all people have the privilege to have in there lives. As I have just arrived back from Wisconsin this past weekend being with my family I feel a bit of emptiness and wish fullness to be back near them. But as I was with my family this weekend, I observed them in a way that I have never before. I looked at them as a work of art a piece of art that is unique in every way.
Families can be looked at as a painting on a canvas that is continuously added to every day. Just as each painting or sculpture has its unique look so does each individual family. One family may celebrate certain holidays in a different way then the next family, adding to the uniqueness of this piece of art. Just as an artist adds detail to a painting with a different color or stroke of the paint brush, so does a family adds to there painting with an addition of a family with a birth of a new child. Families are unique in the different amount of children in there family, the number of pets that they have, and many other things. Each family is similar to a piece of art which can not be copied. There is always something that is different, it be how a family celebrates a birthday, which is like an artist that uses a different color on a canvas.

April 6, 2009

why is family important

So why is a family important? Well there can be many different answers to that question. First off families are a support group, a friend, an inspiration, someone you look up to and finally someone that can give you some helping hand in a time of need.
As i explained in my last entry the Joad family had the will and heart to continue to push forward even in time of despair because every member of the family helped each other. Just in the past few days i watch in the news and hear of these mass killings across the country. i think to myself where is that person or persons family when they were showing signs of despair. There had to be signs days and months before those acts that indicated the actions that were about to happen. I ask myself why didn’t these individuals seek there families for that friendly advice and support that the Joads so graciously did. I really don’t know the answer to that question, all i can hope is that if they did there family tried to make an effort to help them.
Now cant say that even if these individuals sought the help of there families that these acts could have been prevented. But i do know that in times of need a family can heal any wound and any hurt. For the final project i will be doing a documentary on families and the positive affects that families have on individual’s lives. The families will consist of a mother and father and siblings and some will consist of only a mother. But where all these stories will lead to is that in time of a family tragedy the family was there to support. During times of joy of a Childs birth the family was there to celebrate the new beginning of a life and the growth of that family.
Families are not just something that is nice to have but families are a necessity for a successful life.
I know i have talked about the Joad family and the importance of family in there lives but. The joads are such a good example of a true successful family. In my opinion the book could be based around the great depression but concentrating on the core of the family and what it entails. From page one Steinbeck buts emphasis’s on the family and its daily actions of it, and how it leads to them making it to California even with much strife.
The Joads is a leading example of a true family but its more then that, its an example that needs to be an important figure in a persons life regardless if there blood relatives or they are just friends.