Family Definition with Classification Essay

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My Definition of Family with Classification
The definition of “family” may differ from one person to the next. Even the various dictionaries have multiple definitions for the simple yet ever so complex word. The Oxford English Dictionary’s etymology of the word family comes from the Middle French famile, beginning in 1337 with family being defined as a group of people living under the same roof, household, in 1442-44 included a group of people related by blood, 1580 a group of people related by blood or marriage and living under the same roof, 1658 a group of people who share a common philosophy and in 1676, a group of genera of plants or animals which share certain general traits (Simpson and Weiner). In this paper I will endeavor
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Being bounced back and forth between foster homes and state run facilities, many of these children would and do consider the kids in the “system” their family. While writing and researching this paper I have had the opportunity to speak with my own family members and friends about what they believe family means. A close friend of mine told me that she believes the word family describes those who you feel connected to emotionally, who do not necessarily need to be related, but someone you trust and love. A co-worker described her idea of family to be those who are there for her through thick and thin that support her decisions and love her for herself, she feels many of her closest friends to be part of her “family”. Many of my friends are ex-military and they feel the people they served with to be an extended family that will be in their lives forever, the bonds and relationships formed during their years of service together created another definition of family for them. My mother and father although divorced many years ago, tend to define family as “blood relation”, which I feel is not uncommon for their generation and they continue to try and keep track of all their living relatives. Whereas my definition of family has moved more to my immediate family, which includes grandparents, parents, my wife and her nuclear family.
I feel attitudes towards what family means over the centuries is directly related to the
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