My family of origin is made up of the same people still in my life today. I am a part of a large family, and most us still live in the same city, therefore we are a big part of each other’s lives. My family consists of my Mother, 65 and Father, 67. I am the youngest of six children, with four brothers and one sister. My brothers from oldest to youngest are 43, 39,29, and 25 years old. My Sister is 31 and I am 21. My mother was a teacher for 35 years and is now retired, my dad still works as a Public works investigator, though will retire soon. Most of my siblings are all college educated and work in various professions. Overall, my family is a tight-knit middle-class African American family.
My family's traditions and food also has an impact on who I am. My family has always been the ones to go all out on holidays and gets all the family together and eats a lot of food. The main holidays for my family are birthdays, Thanksgiving New Years and especially Christmas. A majority of my childhood memories are of all my family just being together for holidays and eating my grandma?s famous tamales. I feel
Tears streamed down my face as I watched my older brothers drag my beloved dolls behind their bikes. My four year old body was full of hate, and I thought to myself, I will never forgive them. Don’t get me wrong, family is the most important thing in my life. All my earliest memories revolve around my siblings, cousins, and all other family members. Being the youngest in my family, I looked up to my older siblings. Literally.
In my culture traditions are very important in your life. For example, one tradition that has been in my family for many years is going to the park and celebrating Easter with the family. We barbecue, play sports, and then at the end of the day we have an Easter egg hunt for the young children. Another tradition of ours is to do a Christmas Eve dinner at my great grandma’s house. During this event you are with your relatives and close friends for dinner and for a social gathering until the early morning of Christmas day. Many of our traditions revolve around getting all of our family together and spending time with them.
My father felt that he could do what he physically needed to do, but that was not so important to him. I thought this it was interesting that there was anything within this assessment that my father would find not so important, but there were a few other performance tasks that he felt this way about. He did state that he felt taking care of himself was not so important, but he wanted to change that. As I introduced previously, he feels that he has some difficulty taking care of himself, but mostly due the fact it is not an activity he likes and/or likes taking the time to do. He said that he wants to want to model correct self-care behaviors to his grandchildren, and to do so he needs to begin to learn the importance of those tasks. I think that as he begins doing these tasks with my nieces and nephews he will being to see the value in them, which will be very rewarding for him as a father and grandfather.
My family has a history in this town and it all started when my Great-grandparents moved to the Great town of Columbus Indiana, from Germany. Why the settled here in the early 1900s I couldn’t give you an answer for that, but I am sure glad they did. My Great grandpa Fred purchased the piece of land that I still live on to this day in 1932. He was also the owner of the Suhre inn right in downtown of Columbus, which is now the county building where my aunt works. Then in 1940 he and his one and only child Linda, or for me “Meme.” Who was one of the biggest role models in my life, and taught me how to live a good life. She was the one that taught me how to treat others. She wasn’t all talk if she ever said anything she made sure she could back it up.
Traditions are really important in my family it brings us all together in a fun way. One of my families many traditions is on the Fourth of July we have a big party for my mom’s side of the family. We get together and we have hot dogs, burgers,and chips. We play volleyball, kickball ,and talk till it’s dark then set off fireworks.
You might think to yourself and say you don’t have any traditions but that’s not true traditions isn’t always about the big common things like the ones that happen on christmas or thanksgiving but they can also be like religion, sports, or even cookouts. These type of traditions are the ones that truly influence your culture. These are the type of traditions that teach you what life is really about which is to live life with love and continue to do so until you’re no longer on this earth. The whole point of culture is to live life and be happy with what you’re familiar with and to adapt to new things and later share it with someone
To start things off I lived in one big house with my Mom, Dad, Aunt, Uncle, Grandma and Grandpa up until I was about thirteen. When I was little I thought I had the most perfect family every, or at least that’s what I wanted to think. I would spend most of my afternoons with my Grandpa at the park or getting ice cream. He would always be the one encouraging me to go church and pray. He’s also the one who wanted me to be in private schools. The rest of my family followed
Traditions are unique customs that a family does together because of the meaning behind it. In the United States, there are different cultures that all have an individual set of values and beliefs. Some standard traditions that can be found throughout Christians is celebrating Christmas by opening presents or attending lunch together after a Sunday morning church service. Family traditions are important because they help to maintain a positive relationship with one another, it’s a pleasant way to stay connected, and studies show it has a positive effect on children. As we all get older and begin going our separate ways it can be difficult to have the entire family under one roof. Traditions are what keep them together.
My family is deemed to be what is referenced as a nuclear family. A father, mother, and their offspring biological and adopted living together under one household. My family was of low socioeconomic status and due to this position, we were raised in a low-income neighborhood. However, that did not affect how my mother and father reared their family. I am the third child in a family of five. My role in the family was that of a helper to my mother of household duties and a caretaker of my younger siblings. My parents did a wonderful job of nurturing my siblings and I by providing a faith based structure that gave each of us a solid foundation. My parents ingrained strong ethics, values and traditions in my
I grew up in a household slightly different from the average household. This abnormal household showed me that no matter the family unit someone can have a positive influence in their life that will push them to achieve their goals. We lived in Maryland so the cost of living was high my parents had to work multiple jobs. This means my brother and I really had little to none parental or supervision growing up. I am only four years younger than my brother so I would hang with his crowd of friends rather than mine. In my household, my mother’s niece, Monet lived with us she is about ten years older than my brother. When my brother and I would wake up and I would be the only person in the house. I can remember waking up and smelling the freshly cooked waffles and bacon downstairs. Monet was my mother’s brother, daughter. Monet became so close to my brother Avery and I she was almost as if she was our sister. I can remember growing up and she would always say, “You don't have to take the route I took, its many more exits on the highway.” Even though I was young I was not blind to the fact of Monet role in the community and her neighborhood job I never judged her, she did what she had to do to make ends meet. It was an experience every day, or anytime being with Monet. She was so popular around Maryland it was almost like everywhere we went we received respect love. Now that I look back at the past, I see that Monet has taught me a lot that I know and live by today. I could
The type of bond that I had shared with my father is unforgettable. Ever since I had been a baby, my first word was “papi,” and I had always been “daddy’s girl.” Going on, my dad was always very playful and kind to everyone, no matter what he could always make you laugh and smile. Every year in the summer I had gotten to go on a vacation with my dad and sisters sometimes 2 or 3 weeks. We have shared many special moments together that I will cherish with me forever. Aside from all these memories, I know that he will always be in my heart and therefore I choose to look forward and make him proud of the person that I am becoming. When I grow up I want to become the type of person that my father was, always helping people and being an amazing person. The day after my father had passed away my older sister, Marlen, who currently doesn’t live with us had told me, “You girls have to stay strong for my dad, I know that he wouldn’t want us to be any kinds of sad, just know he will always be watching over you, right by your side…” When Marlen had told me those words, I believe that’s when I was very confident in my purpose/why I want to become who I am. I had to do it in honor of my father, I want him to look down at his “little princess” and smile, being proud of who his daughter is and all of my achievements. I want him to be proud of how far I have come in life, right in that moment of when my sister had facetimed us telling us those words. In that same moment I had felt a beat in