FAMILY RELATIONSHIP Webster defines family relationship as relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption In my opinion a family relationship can also be between close friends, or people you have known for quite a while. You might think of your best friend, coworker or even your next door neighbor as family. I have a very close relationship with my family my mother had to raise three children on her own but she made sure that my sisters’ brother and myself were well taken care of. We never went without anything. For Christmas she made sure that we had everything that we ask her for.
But one thing we knew is that we would be great parents to her, and give her the attention and love we both really never got from our family. We both knew she was going to be spoiled because of us and her grandparents. She wasn’t even born yet and she already had a personal wardrobe. As the months passes by it was just a waiting game for me and my boyfriend we were so anxious for her arrival into the world. Everyone else was just waiting anxiously for her presence also.
My mother nor my father bothered to take an active role within my life so therefore I had been living with my great-grandmother since I was an infant. Today, I have the utmost love and respect for her and everything that she and my grandfather had done and are still doing for me, but at the time I was a bitter teenager who did not understand why my family situation was so grim. Although my mother wasn’t completely absent within my life, time and time again she had chosen narcotics over me and my younger sister and was content with us living with my grandmother and not her. In her mind, and to this day she still believes that it is best that we are/were with her ignoring what having an absentee mother psychologically does to her children. She tended to visit and call us at her leisure, and for that I was spiteful.
Some of it is purposeful, some of it she unknowingly passed on to me. Whatever the case, this just proves that mothers should not be underestimated or dismissed as useless as many usually are. These are the important and very useful things my mother has taught me. My mother taught me domestication. Growing up at first in what seemed like a step above poverty and then living in a home where my stepfather was a tyrannical terror, I considered my mother to be the only parent I had.
The first time I heard this song, my wife just gave birth to our daughter. I was so happy at the time because everything went so well. At the same time, I was so worried with my family because we were so young and doesn’t know anything about raising a child. My wife just graduated from High School at the time and I don’t have a very good job then. After I listened to this song, it made me so proud of being a father.
The first one was when my mom gave birth to my sister, after 9 years of having me. When my sister was born I was really happy, but then I wanted a brother and my parents didn't want anymore babies. So 3 years after my sister was born, my mom was pregnant again by surprise. So when I found out that my mom was pregnant and that it was going to be a boy I cried joyfully. I was so happy.
Although my family members tried to explain to me what was going on, with out Sissy's Song I dont think I could have understand and dealt with her death as easily as I did. As a kid my mom would always sing me to sleep. Every time I hear the song " Somewhere Over the Rainbow " by Judy Garland it brings me back to those times with my mom. This is so important to me because it reminds me that no matter how far apart we are my mom will always love me. When ever I am overwhelmed if I listen to Somewhere Over the Rainbow I feel like my mom is here comforting me.
One of my strongest memories was when I was nine years old. It was when my Mamaw gave me her bell. My Mamaw, my great grandmother, was very sick, and one evening I think that she realized she was not going to get better. Mamaw told my Nana, my Mom’s Mother, to bring in all of the great grandchildren into her room where she was laying. When all of the great grandchildren came in the room, Mamaw had a bunch of old trinkets next to her on the bed.
She gave birth to five children and was pregnant with her sixth child when her husband passed away because of a type of disease. Susan was uneducated and had to raise five young children single-handedly. Fortunately, her two eldest daughters were very sensible and mature. After Susan gave birth, she entrusted her daughters with the baby when she went out for work. During late afternoon at about three, Susan will start cooking dinner for her children and will hand the baby over to her daughters.
She worked very longs days to provide whatever we need for us. I had a close relationship with my dad’s parents I called them “mamaw and papaw” it was similar to the ones that Levinson talks about in our text. ( text input) My dad wasn’t really around much until I got in middle school. My mamaw and papaw worked a lot and my other grandparents where retired and live right next door. My mamaw and papaw would come get me whenever they got off work and I would stay with them until they had to go back to work.