My Stepmother's Family: My Family

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“Family is everything.” I am not sure that I’ve ever heard any of my relatives utter this phrase, but I know that is a sentiment shared by all of them. To call my family “big” would be an understatement. My mother was the seventh of the twelve children born to my grandparents Hugh and Roberta. She married my father in the 80’s and they had ten children, I am the third oldest. On my mother’s side there are more than sixty grandchildren. My dad is fourth of six children born too my grandparents Bruce and Helen. From those children were born more than twenty grandchildren. Ten years ago, my mother passed away and my father remarried four years ago. My stepmother’s family is a story in and of itself. My family is spread out around the country, …show more content…
My paternal relatives gather every year close to Christmas for a party. We spend the entire day talking, eating, and drinking. In the evening we have our gift exchange. The children, infants to age eight-teen, exchange amongst themselves. After the age of eighteen, you are allowed to participate in the adult gift exchange game. The adult gift exchange game requires that adults bring a gag gift. We have the gag gift pot; you either open a gift from the pot or take one that has already been opened. The gift exchange is filled with laughter and an exorbitant amount of …show more content…
We share our joys, sorrows, and everything in between. This is something that I desperately want to bring to my classroom. If there is one thing that I have learned from my art teachers, it is that are had a way of allowing you to explore the inner workings of your heart and mind. I want to create an environment where students are comfortable with one another and with me. It will be a kind of safe haven if you will. The art classroom is where you can bare your soul on paper, in clay, layers and layers of paint. It is a place where they can discuss their work with the peers. They can ask for advice on their compositions. You see, while art can be a very solitary field, it can also be very communal and collaborative as well. If nothing else, discussing their work encourages them to truly think about what they are creating and

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