Family defines “family” as:
1. A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children.
2. Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another, and reside usually in the same dwelling place.

While there may be continuing erosion of the family according to the first definition, there seems to be a corresponding growth in the concept of family as described in a larger sense. That is probably because being part of a family promotes the survival of all members of the family. Even if the extended or nuclear family is dispersed by economic circumstance, individuals need the protection and support of a group that functions as a family.

A wide range of family units exist and new ones appear constantly. Whether they are common marriages, gangs, communes, cults or congregations, they perform much the same function for their members. They support values held in common and provide a structure for achieving common goals.

In the short time since I started Ripples, I can already see a development of a sense of family with some of the people I have met through this weblog. We share experiences good and bad, and seek to help each other through difficult times. I meet new people every day with whom I feel an instant bond. This growing sense of kinship gives me hope that the magic of net communication will aid us all in ways we never anticipated.

I am deeply indebted to Fred for providing the impetus for me to start writing again, to Mary Beth for a warm welcome to the world of weblogging and to my wife, Gretchen for wholeheartedly supporting me in this endeavor.

We are overjoyed to find ourselves becoming part of an ever-growing extended family of webloggers who derive support from each other. It is like connecting up to a family we didn’t know we had.

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  1. Mary Beth says:

    Beautifully expressed. Buck and I were talking about the exact same thing last night. I have been astonished in this barely over one month of blogging at the talented and fine folks who have come into my orbit, and I into theirs. And I have laughed, cried, and been virtually hugged. This is big, and meaningful to me.

  2. David says:

    Gretchen and I feel that this new writing adventure has opened up a doorway into a bright new phase of our lives.

    After our many moves, we find we have good, but geographically distant, friends and far flung family members. This separation by time and distance has limited communication between us although we still think of them fondly. They are often engaged in career struggles and life changing decisions in which we no longer participate.

    When we hear their news, it is often months later. With our new extended family of webloggers, we share their triumphs and sorrows on a continuing basis. We can tactfully keep our distance or get upclose and personal as the circumstances warrant.

    I find I have a new tolerance for some who are talented, but who differ greatly in their attitudes about life and who is responsible for their condition.

    Like any extended family with many in-laws and outlaws, there are black sheep and the rascals as well as those we can depend upon. The real miracle is that this community exists at all.

    I feel we are all made stronger and possibly saner by our connection.

  3. fredf says:

    Man, keep me in your thoughts. I’m about to go cold turkey for a week… possibly blogless… and I think I’m already getting anticipatory DT’s. Seriously, it’s an odd feeling to know I’ll be out of contact with my daily visitors and friends. Maybe a few will come back around after a fragmentless week. Hope so. Happy you’ve eased so effortlessly into the medium. Carry on while I’m off pretending to be creative!

  4. tanya says:

    Don’t forget a family of readers….welcome..

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