A Loving Family is One of the Most Important Things in Life

Brittany - Springdale, Arkansas
Entered on October 7, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: family

I love you are always the last words my family say to each other when someone leaves the house. It’s because we love each other, whether we want to admit it or not. Most families I know are very loving and kind to their relatives, because, well… they love them. But, the sad truth is not all kids get to grow up with caring families.

I believe having a loving family is one of the most important things in life. I remember in probably first grade, when my great-grandma passed away. I was so young, and I can’t really remember much, but I do remember some of my family members breaking down into tears often. My great-grandma was very close to us, so after her death, my family’s love was probably the only thing that allowed us to realize we needed to move on with our lives. We had each other, which was the only thing we needed. Now, looking back on the tough time in my life, I feel like it was an opportunity God gave us to prove our love to one another. It’s those kinds of instances that make me believe and realize having a loving family is very well one of the most important things in life.

Every single day, when I wake up, I sometimes stop to think about how lucky I am to get to wake up and see my family every single day. I’ve learned there are many kids, my age, younger, and much older, that have to wake up knowing they don’t have a family that cares about them, or maybe they don’t even have a family at all. Thinking back to all the problems and tough times I’ve had in my life, I realize it was my family and their love that helped me get through them.

Several months ago, my great-aunt passed away. She was my grandma’s sister and best friend, the person she told everything to. I remember my grandma crying frequently, along with my mom and other family members. I didn’t know what to do; it was so hard seeing them so sad. The funeral came only days after, and I still remember hugging my grandma while she was sobbing. I remember even crying a little myself. It wasn’t necessarily because of the death of my great-aunt, but because I realized how much I loved my grandma, and how much I wanted to help her. Our love was what kept everything in line, and it helped my grandma to become stronger and move on.

My loving family is my life and my strength. Without them, I would be nothing… my life would be miserable. I firmly believe having a loving family is one of the most important things in life.