These reunions have really shaped me as a person, and they have taught me to appreciate my family a whole lot more and the impact we all make on each other, which was the message they were going for when they started the reunions. “Family might be defined as a group of people who are related to one another, but it's much more than
in my family we teach the proper greetings, we teach to respect your elders, and we teach that every action taken has a consequence. This tradition really allows us to grow, mature, and respect each other. In my own primary family my husband, child and I always go out to dinner once a week. We made this a tradition so we could have quality family time together away from all electronics, work, school and stress. This really allows our connection to grow which in turn
My grandma is one of the most important people in my life and I’m so happy that I have her. Since birth the one person that was always by my side except for my family was my Grandma. Once my parents needed to go back to work she was there everyday to watch over me. She took me with her every where she went and was proud to show me off and that she had such a wonderful grandson. My Grandma was around for all of my “firsts” that happened as an infant.
Make no mistake, however, as the legacy of spirit that she has created in all of us will continue to live on. Family : My Grandmother Mildred truly defined the word family as I have come to learn and live it. Holidays and family gatherings were the celebrations they were because they were surrounded by Grandma’s love. I watched family such as my late uncle Reginald become the amazing family man he was because of traditions instilled by his mother. I have also seen her daughter - my aunt Milinda – raise three beautiful children by the love and traditions passed down from Grandma.
A Reason to Grow up Senior in high school and I very recently realized that it was time to grow up and focus on myself. I have been very blessed growing up. I have always had my mother and father there for me, they always made sure my sister and I had the things we needed in order to make it through our childhood. Up until this year, through the eyes of practically everyone, my family seemed like the ideal family. We would go out as a family, laugh, play, joke around and love like a family, this year tore us apart.
I give the most credit to my family when it comes to who I am today. I am so privileged to have grown up with both a mother and a father. They each have been through so much in their lives, and luckily, they have passed much of their wisdom and life lessons onto me. They both have taught me right from wrong and how to be the best person I can be. However annoying they get, I can always be assured that they have my best interest at heart and only want what is best for me.
Of course there are years we encounter tougher situations than the previous year but we make sure to always be grateful we are alive and healthy because tomorrow is never promised. This tradition started the first year they had my oldest brother (their first born). They felt as if it was their duty to make sure he appreciated all the sacrifices they’ve been through to get to where they were and understand the importance of family since not every one is fortunate enough. As time went by and they expanded their family, it only became more important. We also were always close to my father’s sister because we all kind of struggled together and were each other’s backbones.
From watching her all these years I like to think that I have inherited some of her amazing qualities, that are sure to help me later in life. My family has shaped me tremendously and led me to have many of the qualities that make me who I am
I’ve had many memorable moments in my life but the biggest one would be when my family adopted my little brother Bailey. I’ve known Bailey for most of my life because he was my cousin. I would’ve never thought that he would be my brother, I thought he was just an annoying little boy that we would see every Christmas. After time went on, I realized that he needed a family that genuinely loved him. Bailey is kind, loving, and passionate in everything he does, and is such an amazing impact on me and my family.
My grandmothers unwavering support of those she loved was most apparent with her grandchildren. Whenever my siblings or I were in a bind or were becoming overwhelmed my grandmother always gave the same piece of advice, one day at a time. It was not until I was eighteen years old that I started to apply this phrase to my own life. I was eighteen years old and in my first year away at school. I could not have been happier and felt that I had a whole world of opportunities ahead of me.