Recently I had a nice little discussion with a buddy of mine about family. It was a very friendly discussion and no hard feelings were had and we agreed to disagree. My friend did say he was going to blog about this subject and it has been almost a week since our discussion and yet no blog. I will beat him to the punch, like in most things, and share my thoughts about family or marriage.
Here’s a little background into our discussion. My friend was trying to convince me that he and his wife are a family just like my wife and I who also have three children. My friend did not have any other supporting evidence for his argument. I simply wasn’t buying it and kept going back to family involved having children. I explained that I would be happy to call him and his wife a family when a little one was on the way. For me without children it is simply just called a marriage. Unfortunately for my friend, Dictionary.com also agrees with me. Family is defined, “a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children.” And just so people don’t think I am skipping out on other definitions just to try and prove my argument (I have been accused of that before) all the definitions, five of them, all do mention or refer to children or blood relation.
I am certain my buddy is not blood related to his wife (c’mon you know I had to throw that in there) and therefore as I argue, him and his wife are simply just married and not quite yet a family. My wife and I with our three children are indeed a family and therefore I am here to conclude that I am officially the winner of the discussion/argument. Thank you very much and have a wonderful day.
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