Every child deserves a loving supportive family. I believe that the ultimate goal of the foster care system is to keep children and teens in a safe family structure.
In honor of family and my birthday on April 8th, I am sharing with you my 8 favorite quotes about family.
We’re not a full month past the most celebrated holiday season and most of us have to admit that family celebrations can be stressful. You may not have wanted to invite the sister who criticizes everyone, the uncle who challenges everyone to an arm wrestling match, the aunt who uses profanity at the dinner table, or the cousin who drinks too much. Most of us invited them anyway.
Family bonds are powerful. Blood connections often leave us vulnerable and impressionable. There is no such thing as a perfect family. All families have disagreements, misunderstandings, secrets, and trials. Different personalities, values, goals, ways of raising children, and any number of other differences can lead to difficulty within a family unit. Many people are estranged from their families and go years without speaking or engaging with their relatives. Some people set new boundaries and limit their contact while others can’t seem to break away and find themselves getting hurt repeatedly.
I’m just as connected to my elementary school as I am to my senior high school. I met two of my dearest friends there. We are watching each other’s children grow up. Through the wonders of social media I have reconnected with my Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten teachers. (Yes, they still remembered me all these years later).
I am flooded with good memories each time I think of those years. The majority of my elementary school classmates transitioned together to junior high school. Junior High School is where I met my two best friends (who are my daughter’s God-Mothers). We transitioned together to senior high school.
Even before the magic of social media, my tenth grade English and Social Studies teachers provided support and encouragement whenever I reached out to them. I’ve come to realize that they will never fully understand the impact they have had on the person I have become.