My Definition Of Family

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I looked up the dictionary definition of family, and this is what it included: “all the descendants of a common ancestor” or “a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household.” My definition of family is much different than that. It 's less analytical and generalized. Every family is different, you can 't count on there always being a dad or mom etc, so I made my own definition: “the people in your life your life that love you the most and will always be there for you, even if you 're not biologically related.” I’m going to describe my family unit, my place in it, and what sets my family apart.

I thought I would include a background of my family to illustrate how different both sides are. My family on my dad’s side
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First off, I am an only child. After having me, my parents were told they couldn’t have any more children; this was very disappointing to both parents. My mom has resulted to adopting dogs because of this; I think she may be a dog hoarder. On my dad’s side, I am the only full biological niece. I say biological because my dad has half siblings with children, although my family has never been close to them. On my mom’s side, I am the main niece my aunt talks to. My aunt also has half siblings with children, but they 've never been as close as her and I were. I was also the only grandchild until I was twelve. This was very special to me because it meant that I was always the center of attention, the priority if you will; my aunt Andrea surprised us by having a son later in life when she was 44. It came as a shock because we figured since she was getting older, and so was my dad’s other sister Elizabeth, that I would be the only grandchild. My little cousin Markus was born on September 8th, 2011. I was so worried he would replace me, but everyone pointed out that I would still retain my title of the only granddaughter. I’ve had a special place in the family unit since early on, and I have still held on to this position after 16 years. I am also the jokester in the family, next to my dad. We are tied for worst joke teller. In the family I am also known for being tech savvy, just like my Uncle Bryan. …show more content…
Not only is my mom a dog hoarder, she also likes to adopt people into the family; to clarify, I don’t literally mean adopt. We’ve stopped talking to some of our family over the years; our family just slowly went our separate ways. At first it was hard, I’ll admit that right away, but then my mom taught me that the best family may not be biological at all. Over the years we have “adopted” in family. I have so many people I call uncle and aunt, that I have lost count. My “uncle” Herb and “aunt” Rena” are a huge part of my life. They are my godparents, and I have a very special bond with them. Both of them used to tell me that I was like the daughter they never had. They have two sons, Brixton and Bailey. They used to babysit me when I was younger. I usually refer to them as my cousins to people. It makes it easier than explaining the whole “not biological” thing, but I love them all just the

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