La Verne Magazine
'What Does Family Mean?'
by Jelani A. Kimble
photography by Isela Peña
Throughout our day-to-day living, family plays an integral role in our
lives. From celebrating holiday dinners to vacationing together, family
provides an outlet to the daily stresses that we experience. As these members
support our choices and the different paths that we may choose in life,
they motivate us to never surrender our personal hopes and dreams. Asked
candidly, random individuals uniquely define and express appreciation for
their "family" in the vignettes that follow.
My definition of family is someone who cares about you. Sometimes you have
to have a lot of love and motivation to care about other people besides
yourself. It's good to always think about other people in addition to yourself."
-- Charlton Charles, 19, University of La Verne history major
There is a nuclear family and a regular family. My nuclear family would
be here [at ULV]. I don't think there's a real definition, but it's something
that is really really important to me -- to my parents and my brother. It
is one of the most important things in my life. It is something that you
don't get to choose, but you have to learn to appreciate. If you can manage
to do that, you don't even have to call them family anymore. You can just
call them buddies. They don't have to be parents.
-- Alen Zilic, 21, University of La Verne Bosnian student, majoring in
Family is the most important thing in life. I come from a foster home orphanage,
so anything that feels as close as you feel within a family is family to
you. I have a fiancée, so she's my family now. Before that, my best
friends were my family.
-- Christopher Kemp, 28, La Verne Resident
Family are people who are usually related to you by blood, but not necessarily
so-people with whom you feel a kinship and a bond. It could be your children,
or it can be your best friend. When you talk about extended family, it's
only because it's not someone who's related to you by blood; but they can
be as supportive as family who are related by blood. This whole Admissions
Office is very close. I consider that a family.
-- Sharon Cruz-McKinney, ULV, 46, Associate Director of Admissions
Family is when, hopefully, both the mother and dad are there at home with
the children and having children who are obedient and are clean cut and
Christians. It would be nice to live in a little town like La Verne because
it's much nicer than the big city.
-- Eleanora Walton, 87, La Verne Resident
Family are people whom you feel comfortable being with, people whom you
love, people whom you enjoy.
-- Pamela Foerstel, 20, University of La Verne political science major
Family doesn't necessarily have to be a biological unit, but it's necessary
to have a community that you feel safe in. It's not necessarily a home or
intangible, but just somewhere you can go where you feel like you belong
and people who are there to take care of you. The girls and I who live in
my wing all have a family sense. We support one another and all let each
other know what's going on.
-- Natalie Fowle, 19, University of La Verne psychology major
Family is the most significant and the greatest bond between two people.
I belong to Phi Delta Theta, which I consider a family to me.
-- Faust Obeso, 20, University of La Verne business major
Back to Main Page