This I Believe

Esmeralda - Sapulpa, Oklahoma
Entered on March 14, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: family
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Family and why it’s important

Why is family so important? Family to me is important because they are people you can trust, and will always be there when you have trouble with your homework or when you have other more difficult problems that you need someone that will listen to you family and that would give you good advice about the situation. Yeah, I know there is other people like counselors can do the same thing, but to me talking to someone that is related to me or that I would consider family would make me feel a lot more comfortable.

In my family we are very close. We have a ton of family cookouts, vacations, and family reunions. At our last family reunion my cousin who at the time was sixteen told everyone that she was pregnant. I thought everyone would get upset with her and tell her how disappointed they where in her, but instead everyone gave her a hug and told her that everything was going to be alright. I was really surprised on how my family reacted but at the same time I kind of knew on how their reaction was going to be.

Last year my family was really overwhelmed with my cousin’s graduation that they threw him a huge graduation party and sent him to Mexico for a vacation. I think that was the best party my family has ever had other than my sweet fifteen. I remember everyone was so proud of him. Later on that night my older cousin, which is his older brother gave a speech on how proud he was that he made it through high school and how he had always been proud of him ever since they where little. He ended the speech with “make us proud.” By the end of that speech I looked around and there was no dry eye in the whole room. Even my dad was crying, and he’s the type of person that doesn’t cry on a regular basis.

Some statistics say that kids that have a well bonded relationship with their families are less likely to cause trouble in their teenage years or in their adulthood.