My family is made up of a bunch of one-of-a-kind people. They are happy, joyful people, they are successful, but they are also rooted in humility and gratitude.
My mother and father were born to poor families from Virginia. Their parents – my grandparents – were sharecroppers, people who worked the tobacco fields for peanuts, for just small amounts of money on which to survive. But they had big dreams of living a better life.
In the 1940s, after being married for 20-plus years, they established a business – a small restaurant in Petersburg, Virginia. Ten years later they sold the restaurant – which had by that time become a chain – and they became millionaires overnight. They then invested much of their money, in turn increasing their wealth. They got into real estate, corporate finance, and other investments. For two people without a college education, they were still very intelligent, perceptive and had impressive foresight. They have always been wise in their decision-making.
My mother then inherited their estate once they passed on, and she went on to have the financial security to pursue her dream of becoming Hollywood screenwriter. She was fortunate enough to have sufficient money to support herself even if she failed as a writer in Hollywood, which of course she did not do.
I was 15 when we moved to Los Angeles, California. After sending in spec scripts to various TV shows, she received an offer to write scripts for a soap opera and a children’s show – and she ultimately had some scripts made into episodes. By this time, she had divorced my father, who at the time was the owner of a large corporation, a construction company in South Carolina. So when we moved to Los Angeles, it was just the two of us. We were a team, and we learned to live together. It was hard at first, me a teenager in this big, scary, foreign city. But it took her three years before she completed her first screenplay. It was a love story, in many ways based on her life and love story. It sold a year later to Universal Studios. Yes, we were already quite wealthy. But she wanted to be successful on her own terms. She wanted to live out her own destiny, leave her own mark on this world. And she did.
Now I am in college, soon to graduate with a degree in Creative Writing. I have dreams of following in her footsteps: I too want to have my scripts made into films and TV shows. I am writing too – all of the time, actually – and it’s what I want to do with my life and my short time on this crazy planet. I want to be just like my mother, who has always been a sort of hero to me. She is happy and successful, she has been able to make a career out of writing professionally – and she loves the life she has created for herself. Yes, she has been wealthy most of her adult life, but that fact had nothing to do with her finding success in writing. And I really admire that about her. Did coming from a wealthy family make success a bit easier? Sure. But she did the writing, she put in the work each day, and she has made it.
My family is not an ordinary bunch, nor is my family an ordinary American family, at least in my mind. I realize that we have had more opportunities than most families, but that doesn’t make me better than anybody else. I just have more advantages than most, and I’m very grateful for that – and I’m glad I can acknowledge this. I owe everything I have today to what my grandparents and parents accomplished. It is because of them that my own success may come a bit easier than most.
Writing about your family is a very complicated task that you can accomplish if you read this blog article. Pay attention to the prompt questions that will help you write your own essay about your family. Also, read through our essay examples on the bottom of the article.
Essays have always been considered to be one of the trickiest assignments, but it still is the most widely used tasks in colleges and universities. You are not only to develop your own ideas but to put them into form of writing, but to do it according to a strict essay writing structure and English writing patterns. Writing your essay you should pay attention both to argumentation and to your writing style to make it easy for others to read. Also, you should avoid cluttering it with unnecessary details.
Here are several useful tips for you to remember:
- There are four parts that every essay should consist of:
- thesis statement;
- main essay body;
- Observe the logical order of your argumentation.
- 1 paragraph is one thought.
- Make your style fluent and convincing.
When you’ve got through the theory, you probably have begun to understand how your essay should look like. But what should it contain? Hardly anybody can give the answer so far. Strange as it is, but usually the most difficult essay topics are those of informative essays. Such topics usually suggest that we tell about ourselves, our jobs or childhood, hobbies, dreams and those who have played a significant role in our lives. Do we remember our childhood? Some people do and other don’t. Do we know our own hobbies? Yes. However, when we are to write about something personal, we find ourselves lost.
The same thing happens, when students are suggested to write about their families. They just can’t believe it can be interesting to anyone, except themselves. Do you share this point of view? Then, let’s try envisioning your family in a different light or from a new angle.
Do you have any siblings? If you do, then do you stand for each other? Or, maybe, you have always had and that has made you what you are? Would you like to spend a day with your siblings and what would you do? Do you have any common interests?
Did your parents have long and romantic relationships or they fell in love rapidly and have never separated since then? Could your Mum elope? Or, maybe, your grandparents were happy runaway lovers? Did you get enough attention and care while being a child? Do your parents still live together? Would you like to change anything in your relationships with them?
Do you remember your grandparents? What stories did your Grannies tell you? What did you do with your Grandpas? They could have taught you some skills you still use. Do you still see them often?
Who did you take after? Are there any traditions in your family? Any heirlooms?
The Essay Example
As you see, there is quite a lot to write about your family. Now here is an example of such an essay.
By lapse of time everything in our world changes, including both the way it looks and the way it feels. Even time is believed to pass by faster than it used to be in the nineteenth century when honorable ladies and gentlemen had no need to hurry. Besides, people themselves have changed to and so have their values. The whole concept of family has altered. Nowadays we hardly ever see a multi-child family that once was normal. Nevertheless, the care and love we get from our nearest and dearest remains the same.
Centuries ago people began to say that ‘blood is thicker than water’. Well, I still believe them to be right.
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To me my family really means everything in the world. My parents and siblings are those who I can always turn to for help and affection. I have two brothers and a sister and we’ve been inseparable since childhood. How much fun we had playing together! We played hopscotch, hide-and-seek and chess, swam and discovered life around us. We were happy to live in a small town surrounded by picturesque landscapes full of promises and secrets and my siblings and I knew it like our finger-ends.
Our parents have never scolded us unreasonably. No matter what we have done, they always have cordial words and a piece of advice for us. It really works. I would hate my parents to be indifferent to what happens in my life and would never do the same to them.
That is what unites us – our love and interest in each other. We are really alike in every particular, but most of all – in the attitude towards family and its values. I hope one day I will become a parent similar to my own – wise and understanding.