Staff Blog: Rohan Smith
Aug 2nd 2016
Until very recently, I slept walk my way through conversations both professionally and socially about this simplest of concepts, the family. Surely this is a none starter is it not? Everyone knows what a family is, a mom, a dad and 2.4 children (whatever that means) right? 😏.
Well here’s the thing, who’s definition is that, and if you ask the very next young person under 14 you see will they serve up the same definition? Some may do but I suggest there will be one or two surprises.
Okay, let’s see then, what does that unit look like today? Yes I’m asking you, have a go at defining family. Stop! Have a go……
Did you for a moment entertain doubts about what you’ve always believed a family to be? Yes? Why? No? Erm… why not? (Just when you thought you’d gotten away huh 😞). Curious, did you immediately go to your family? Keep calm, It was not a trick question but hopefully you are now thinking about it. Whatever you came up with is perhaps correct, even if it is only your truth.
The fact is that families look and feel however the makeup of those families believe they look and feel. Of course if you are a traditionalist you may well struggle with that point of view. Thinking about it now, maybe that curious conversation you overheard yesterday was between two conformists; but does being conformists make their views less relevant? Perhaps no less than it does your own. What are they conforming to, the growing change in attitude and perception or are they conforming like you are to those traditional views?
“Families up and down the country”. Quite the soundbite that.
At this point you should have a decent idea of the argument I’m raising. Yes? Great! Raise your head and Smile and skip to the final paragraph. No? Read paragraphs one and two again then skip to the next line, i.e. the line following this one.
Quick as you can, find the nearest mirror and stare at you in it for 14 seconds, this is important! Then, return to complete the read.
Ok activity time.
Pretend you are visiting from planet Ebi and must report back your findings of what Earth families look like. So in as few words as possible for each discovery, list as many as you can.
The prize for your time:
Take a moment from the reflection jar 😁
Author: Rohan Smith Fenmi