What is a family?
So, as I continue to try and figure out why some families don’t understand that they should communicate openly, love unconditionally and respect each other, I will also continue to love my family for who they are, respect their lives for what they are and be true to the lessons that my parents have instilled in me. I will also pray that the rest of the world jumps on the bandwagon and realizes that their family should always come first before self interest, the acquaintance down the road or the stranger in the next town. Then, maybe, just maybe, the lessons we learn within our own families will pour out into our communities in a more cohesive manner. After all, our communities are supposed to feel like family. Does yours ?
[Jennifer Diehl is a resident of Cochecton, NY.]