My Family Culture

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The situation given for this week’s blog assignment is one that has never happened to me, but I’m sure many people around the world can relate to. If catastrophe were to strike and I could keep three culturally-relevant items, they would be my Bible, my wedding ring, and a family photo album.

These three items represent significant meaning in my life. The Bible embodies the importance of my faith and deepening my relationship with Jesus Christ. My wedding ring signifies my most important earthly relationship. Lastly, a family photo albums exemplifies the memories, love, and support provided by my family.

If I were told to only keep a single item, I’m sure I would feel confused and angry. I can only imagine that it would feel as though parts of me were being wrongfully taken away and abandoned. I’m sure I would feel frustrated and upset that these items could no longer stay with me.

I think a major insight I have gained through completing this reflection is the realization that some of the things I hold most dear to my life are some of the things I also often take for granted the most. While these things are tangible, material items, they are definitely items of meaning and significance in my life, but the nearest and dearest parts of my life and of my culture are the people in it. My husband and my family are the most important. While it would be frustrating and confusing to have to give up the tangible items in my life, it would be devastating to give up any of these people, these treasured pieces of my life. However, this is often a situation people around the world find themselves in whether it be after a major catastrophe or immigrating, it is a powerful reminder to be mindful of these situations and specifically these families we may be servicing that have been through or are currently dealing with trauma like this.

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3 thoughts on “My Family Culture

  1. Hi Renee, I enjoyed reading your blog post on “Family Culture.” I agree with your ending statements of how we often take for granted the things we have. We don’t realize how precious life and the things we have, until we have to give it up. I felt the same way at the end. This was just a scenario for us, but somewhere, somebody may be experiencing this same situation. As I reflected over my blog assignment, it made me want to provide better social and emotional care for my students and their families who are in the United States, they are not familiar with customs in the United States, so as a early childhood professional, it’s my responsibility to assist them with their child’s education.

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  2. Hi Renee,
    Great post! I also found it difficult to choose just one item and had similar feelings about having to choose at all. Of the three items you mentioned, I though the Bible was an interesting choice. Not only is it an item that preserves your family’s religious values, but also connects you to language and print in a foreign land. The Bible could be used to preserve many more aspects of your family culture than you had first imagined.

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  3. Kontrina Payton

    Renee,

    I truly feel and understand where you are coming from. While the items can be replaced over time the new items will not hold the memories and the values that the original items hold. Losing the people themselves would tear down my world because material things can be replaced but the people cannot be replaced. I understand the value of the three pieces that you chose to take with you. Your faith is what defines the values of what you live by and your bible is a great study tool to have. My main question is what happens when the new area has a different religion and it could affect you physically being able to be with your family, what happens then with your decision? This is just something that crossed my mind as a thought.

    Kontrina

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