My Role in the Family

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My Role in the Family

Every man and woman, boy and girl, possesses a certain role within their family. Despite the frequently used titles of sister or daughter, my role in the family delves much deeper than that; I am more than just a daughter to my mother, a sister to my elder sibling, and the baby of the family; I bring a sense of comfort, comedy, and completion to it. I am the confidant, the best friend, and the final child who completes the family to a satisfactory degree. My role of the sarcastically funny and unconditionally loving baby of the family is evident in the slightly disheveled, lived-in appearance of our home, in the values held by my half-Turkish, half-American family, and in the relations between the four of us.
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Off of the dining hall, past a china cabinet where delicate pieces of china, ceramics, glass, and other souvenirs from our travels sit, lies the second living room. This room is furnished with a new blue plush carpet, old couches from when my parents first moved in, the entertainment center that used to reside in the red living room, and a small TV that accompanies it. The family desk, pushed into a corner, holds my father’s work paraphernalia and his computer, used to keep up to date with the latest Turkish news and to shop eBay for deals. The chair of the computer desk sits slightly in front of the fireplace, which is lit frequently in winter. The hearth of the fireplace, when not lit, is covered by the cages of my two hamsters and all their food. In the corner between the entertainment center and my hamsters, a cabinet containing all of the movies owned by our family, plus CDs, empty picture frames, and slightly-broken electronics rests. The shelves above these cabinets are full of pictures from my parents’ younger years, a wide collection of my father’s rarely used alcohol saved for special events, and more fine antiques from excursions to Turkey sit, spread out for ideally easy viewing. Pictures of the family, plaques earned, and wall sconces adorn the walls. As with the other rooms of the house, items that were neglected to be put away during recent renovations are pushed into the corner in front of the

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