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Throughout history, family has always been very important to people in many different aspects. The significance of family shines through even when struggles surface. When faced with a difficulty, such as disease or death, many turn towards a familial relationship to ease the tension. Many obstacles may arise, but it can be overcome with the help of family. N. Scott Momaday depicts his close family ties through his writings in "The Way to Rainy Mountain," where he explores his relationship between himself and his grandmother. This displays the type of relation that can be found between closely tied family members. Many authors consider family to be the most significant of all relationships. Whether it be in a novel, newspaper article, or essay written for a magazine or newspaper, the reader is able to see that every family relationship is unique and has something different to offer as well. Sometimes friends can seem as close as family. Through the eyes of Roger Angell, one can see the importance of friendship sometimes overrides family. No matter who you consider your family to be, you are always going to have someone to lean on when times get tough. This is seen very well in the article "Hard Lines: Life in rerun, now playing near you" by Roger Angell. "Hard Lines" is about Angell's relationship with his best friend Walker Field, as he reminisces about past memories with his friend over the phone to Field's daughter, Cally. He is doing this for her because Field died at the young age of 38 from pneumonia and she realized now, in her fifties, that the memory of her father was very vague and wanted to hear some nostalgic stories about her father from someone who knew him best. Even though Cally and Roger had not talked or seen each other for many years, she knew that calling Roger would be the best person to talk about her father with since the two were so close, almost like brothers. These two are just a few of the many that form a bond that makes them so close, they consider each other family, even though they are not blood related. As seen with Angell and his best friend from his earlier years, they considered themselves to be family, even though they were not blood related. But with every type of 'family' you have, it almost always seems like someone will always find something wrong with family or someone to be angry at, no matter if they have a good reason to be angry or not. This is something that happens all the time in families and can be seen in Dominick Dunne's article, "A Death in the Family". In "A Death in the Family", Dunne talks about how the recent death of his brother, John, from prostate cancer, made him reminisce about how before his diagnosis of Johns cancer they had a very up and down relationship that hadn't always been the greatest. For the most part, they did have a good relationship but after becoming business partners in the film industry, it took a toll on the two of them that eventually led them to end working together. With many other factors as well, they didn't speak for many years but with John's cancer diagnosis changed everything for both. The diagnosis made them realize that all the fights and grudges they had from years earlier didn't matter anymore because with the news of something big like cancer, makes you realize that there are more important things in life than any grudges you may have had from years before. Fights are inevitable in any family's household but the bond between two family members is unbreakable. Sibling rivalry is one of the many types of struggles seen in the everyday life of a family. By Wendy Grossman, from Scholastic Choice, the article "Family: The Sibling Struggle" explores the different relationships held between parents and their children. When siblings are close in age, the rivalry tends to be even larger. Grossman asks her readers to relate to an instance where the competition between siblings became unbearable. Attention is one of the contributing factors that can easily cause arguments between family members of similar age range. The author explains that parents do treat their children differently, but the differences are unintentional. While the parenting techniques are different, the parents are the same, doing only what is best for the child. What is best for a child is an extremely large struggle in itself. Children are often not the cause, but the main concern when a crisis hits. Brad Knickerbocker gives a prime example of children of impoverished parents getting caught in the crosshairs. In his article from Christian Science Monitor, "Child poverty rate hits 20 percent in U.S. as families struggle," Knickerbocker depicts a devastating crisis that has been affecting families of all kinds. He writes, "there has been a "significant decline" in economic well-being for low-income children and families over the past decade," which has increased in 38 states across the nation. While it is not the child's fault, they are most struck by the low incomes. The article states, "Nearly 8 million children lived with at least one parent who was actively seeking employment but was unemployed in 2010." This number has tripled since 2007. As income decreases, family struggles increase, causing families to pull together in times of hardships. Obstacles can cause conflict in almost any situation. Dealing with the stress that comes along with these variety of obstacles can be easier with the support of a family. Having a support system can help motivate someone to achieve and overcome any difficulty that they may be faced with. Amanda Bower explains in her article "Sharing Family Values," the difficulties that one mother had overcoming her struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. It briefly explains how her dedication to her family, with the help of others, became the strength she needed to overcome her addictions. This article demonstrates the importance of family and how much power that certain relationship can have on any obstacle. In the journal, Reclaiming Children and Youth, author Megan Freado wrote an article titled, "Resilience: One Family's Story." This is a touching essay on Freado's mother's battle against cancer. Although she eventually lost her fight, her mother, Mae, lives on through her family members. While this loss was a very difficult challenge for Freado's family to overcome, they manage to move forward with their lives. She writes, "Through some interplay of chance, temperament, and love, we come out on the other side, stronger and more ready for the fight to survive and thrive." As the reader can see, the author portrays strong relationships were made stronger through all of their hardships. Another great example of a family overcoming obstacles and how the family dealt with the loss of someone close and band together to get through the tough time is Roger Rosenblatt's article "Making Toast: After a daughter dies, a new life with her children". "Making Toast" is about the sudden loss of Rosenblatt's daughter, Amy, who died unexpectedly from an unknown heart problem. Amy was a part time pediatrician with three young children and a husband who worked full time. After her sudden death, Rosenblatt and his wife Ginny made no hesitation to move to Bethesda, MD to help out their newly widowed son-in-law raise their three grandchildren. Even though it was an adjustment for everyone to not have Amy in their life anymore, as well as getting back to the swing of things, they were able to overcome that and became closer because of it. Working through a difficult time can only be made easier with the help of family; but when losing a family member is part of the difficult time you are experiencing, you must draw strength from other friends or family members around you. Proven through their own writings, many authors agree family is the most important thing you can have in the world. Family is the strength that can overcome any difficult obstacle. Through thick and thin, family almost always provides the courage to challenge anything with the hopes of a positive outcome.
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              Throughout history, family has always been very important to people in many different aspects. The significance of family shines through even when struggles surface. When faced with a difficulty, such as disease or death, many turn towards a familial relationship to ease the tension. Many obstacles may arise, but it can be overcome with the help of family. N. Scott Momaday depicts his close family ties through his writings in "The Way to Rainy Mountain," where he explores his relationship between himself and his grandmother. This displays the type of relation that can be found between closely tied family members.
             
             
              Many authors consider family to be the most significant of all relationships. Whether it be in a novel, newspaper article, or essay written for a magazine or newspaper, the reader is able to see that every family relationship is unique and has something different to offer as well. Sometimes friends can seem as close as family. Through the eyes of Roger Angell, one can see the importance of friendship sometimes overrides family.
             
              No matter who you consider your family to be, you are always going to have someone to lean on when times get tough. This is seen very well in the article "Hard Lines: Life in rerun, now playing near you" by Roger Angell. "Hard Lines" is about Angell's relationship with his best friend Walker Field, as he reminisces about past memories with his friend over the phone to Field's daughter, Cally. He is doing this for her because Field died at the young age of 38 from pneumonia and she realized now, in her fifties, that the memory of her father was very vague and wanted to hear some nostalgic stories about her father from someone who knew him best. Even though Cally and Roger had not talked or seen each other for many years, she knew that calling Roger would be the best person to talk about her father with since the two were so close, almost like brothers. These two are just a few of the many that form a bond that makes them so close, they consider each other family, even though they are not blood related.
             
              As seen with Angell and his best friend from his earlier years, they considered themselves to be family, even though they were not blood related. But with every type of 'family' you have, it almost always seems like someone will always find something wrong with family or someone to be angry at, no matter if they have a good reason to be angry or not. This is something that happens all the time in families and can be seen in Dominick Dunne's article, "A Death in the Family". In "A Death in the Family", Dunne talks about how the recent death of his brother, John, from prostate cancer, made him reminisce about how before his diagnosis of Johns cancer they had a very up and down relationship that hadn't always been the greatest. For the most part, they did have a good relationship but after becoming business partners in the film industry, it took a toll on the two of them that eventually led them to end working together. With many other factors as well, they didn't speak for many years but with John's cancer diagnosis changed everything for both. The diagnosis made them realize that all the fights and grudges they had from years earlier didn't matter anymore because with the news of something big like cancer, makes you realize that there are more important things in life than any grudges you may have had from years before.
             
              Fights are inevitable in any family's household but the bond between two family members is unbreakable. Sibling rivalry is one of the many types of struggles seen in the everyday life of a family. By Wendy Grossman, from Scholastic Choice, the article "Family: The Sibling Struggle" explores the different relationships held between parents and their children. When siblings are close in age, the rivalry tends to be even larger. Grossman asks her readers to relate to an instance where the competition between siblings became unbearable. Attention is one of the contributing factors that can easily cause arguments between family members of similar age range. The author explains that parents do treat their children differently, but the differences are unintentional. While the parenting techniques are different, the parents are the same, doing only what is best for the child.
             
              What is best for a child is an extremely large struggle in itself. Children are often not the cause, but the main concern when a crisis hits. Brad Knickerbocker gives a prime example of children of impoverished parents getting caught in the crosshairs. In his article from Christian Science Monitor, "Child poverty rate hits 20 percent in U. S. as families struggle," Knickerbocker depicts a devastating crisis that has been affecting families of all kinds. He writes, "there has been a "significant decline" in economic well-being for low-income children and families over the past decade," which has increased in 38 states across the nation. While it is not the child's fault, they are most struck by the low incomes. The article states, "Nearly 8 million children lived with at least one parent who was actively seeking employment but was unemployed in 2010. " This number has tripled since 2007. As income decreases, family struggles increase, causing families to pull together in times of hardships.
             
              Obstacles can cause conflict in almost any situation. Dealing with the stress that comes along with these variety of obstacles can be easier with the support of a family. Having a support system can help motivate someone to achieve and overcome any difficulty that they may be faced with. Amanda Bower explains in her article "Sharing Family Values," the difficulties that one mother had overcoming her struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. It briefly explains how her dedication to her family, with the help of others, became the strength she needed to overcome her addictions. This article demonstrates the importance of family and how much power that certain relationship can have on any obstacle.
             
              In the journal, Reclaiming Children and Youth, author Megan Freado wrote an article titled, "Resilience: One Family's Story. " This is a touching essay on Freado's mother's battle against cancer. Although she eventually lost her fight, her mother, Mae, lives on through her family members. While this loss was a very difficult challenge for Freado's family to overcome, they manage to move forward with their lives. She writes, "Through some interplay of chance, temperament, and love, we come out on the other side, stronger and more ready for the fight to survive and thrive. " As the reader can see, the author portrays strong relationships were made stronger through all of their hardships.
             
              Another great example of a family overcoming obstacles and how the family dealt with the loss of someone close and band together to get through the tough time is Roger Rosenblatt's article "Making Toast: After a daughter dies, a new life with her children". "Making Toast" is about the sudden loss of Rosenblatt's daughter, Amy, who died unexpectedly from an unknown heart problem. Amy was a part time pediatrician with three young children and a husband who worked full time. After her sudden death, Rosenblatt and his wife Ginny made no hesitation to move to Bethesda, MD to help out their newly widowed son-in-law raise their three grandchildren. Even though it was an adjustment for everyone to not have Amy in their life anymore, as well as getting back to the swing of things, they were able to overcome that and became closer because of it.
             
              Working through a difficult time can only be made easier with the help of family; but when losing a family member is part of the difficult time you are experiencing, you must draw strength from other friends or family members around you. Proven through their own writings, many authors agree family is the most important thing you can have in the world. Family is the strength that can overcome any difficult obstacle. Through thick and thin, family almost always provides the courage to challenge anything with the hopes of a positive outcome.
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