Chances Are Everyone Has Been Asked The Question, “What

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Chances are everyone has been asked the question, “What does family mean to you,” at some point in their lives, and to no surprise everyone has a different definition of what family means. Yet, very few people take the time to think about how the family they know and love became what it is today. In this project, an analysis of my family will be conducted. It was observed that a strong correlation between family and the ability to survive was expressed. Based on concepts and work done by Jessaca Leinaweaver and Carol Delaney, a better understanding of this significant connection will be observed. For families in the middle class, such as my own, it became evident that the dependence on family was required for not only social mobility but…show more content…
As we enter the following generation, a shift in the ideas of relationships is evident. Around this time, relationships became less about the inevitability of marriage and more towards the possibility of marriage. From this shift came the concept of dating, as well as a decrease on the essentials of marriage. Delaney describes dating as a focal point in romantic relationships (Delaney, 179) In her findings, Delaney writes that it is assumed that a relationship will form as a result of dating, but also gives those the opportunity to meet more people without going straight into marriage. While some couples continued to follow the traditional view of relationships, others branched out and began to date more people before settling down to marriage. This trend was clearly observed as my grandparent’s generation came into question. In the case of my mother’s parents it was a very traditional relationship. They had met at a bar, and ended up getting married. However, about this time the Vietnam War was taking place. As a result, my grandfather went off to war. After several months of separation, the two reunited, settled down in the town of Three Springs, my later hometown, and started their family having four kids. It is possible that separation during the war may have played a role in this traditional relationship. By being away at war, a dependence on one another for survival was formed, similar to that of the previous
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