Family Communication: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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Family Communication: Paper One Korbyn Limber
University of Oklahoma Have you ever seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding or most recently, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2? Well, I have a double dose! Having come from both Lebanese and Greek backgrounds makes my family big, loud, loving, Orthodox (religion that is), and most of all, irreplaceable! My heritage which is founded on my family values and strong faith seem to lend itself to family communication. Family rules, family rituals, and family stories are definitely a huge part of my life. My heritage is my life. It is centered on my family values and strong faith which are based on our family rules. According to Satir (1972, 1988), “…rules are an inherent part of family life” (as cited in
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This celebration consists of our family attending church each night during holy week. During the Wednesday night service, we receive the Sacrament of Holy Unction. The priest makes the sign of the cross with the holy oil on our forehead, cheeks, chin, and hands. The holy oil heals us both physically and mentally. On Friday night, the entire congregation follows Christ’s tomb around the church while saying special prayers and singing special hymns. Saturday night we attend the midnight service of Christ’s resurrection. At midnight, all the lights in the church are turned off and each parishioner lights a candle. When the lights finally are turned back on, this signifies that Christ has risen. This service usually concludes around 1:30am. At this point, we all go to our church hall for food and fellowship celebrating Christ’s resurrection from the tomb. We also play an “egg cracking” game with dyed red hard boiled eggs. You tap the end of your opponent’s egg hoping your egg is not the one that cracks. Whoever ends up with their egg unbroken is the winner. The cracking of the eggs also symbolize Christ emerging from the tomb. On Sunday, we follow another family tradition. My father’s cousin always has our entire family over to his house for lunch. This is seriously my favorite meal of the entire year. Yes, being a big, fat, Greek family, means that we have lamb to eat. No, it is not roasted on a spit in the front yard, but …show more content…
Arnold (2008) defines family stories by saying, “…a family story, or narrative, can be defined as an account of an event or series of events involving the family that has significance to the family members” (Arnold, 2008, p. 110). All four of my great grandparents immigrated to the United States and came through Ellis Island. I have heard stories about this since I was a little girl, and have always thought it was very fascinating. My senior year of high school, I was lucky enough to go with my mom to New York City and visit Ellis Island for myself. I got to see my great grandparents’ names on the wall, and read the different accounts of people who had been processed there. It all made so much more sense to me after seeing all of it. My father also explained to me that our real last name was Limberopoulos, but since it was too long, and too hard to say, the translator at Ellis Island shortened it to Limber. It is funny to think that I could have been Korbyn Limberopoulos. These stories are a part of my heritage, and I will most certainly pass them on to my children and grandchildren. My heritage, family, and faith are the most important aspects of my life. I do not know who I would be without my family’s rules, rituals, and stories since they play major roles in my life. I have been very fortunate throughout my life, and I know this would not have been possible without being blessed with the family that I have. References
Arnold, L. B.

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