Hi, I'm one of the people who normally do not reply on this board however, your question sure did get my attention. I had no choice but to reply. Before I explain my opinion, I'd like to say that it is not meant to be offensed for the readers on this board. I will say what I honestly think because I'm not the one to sugar-coating anything. Here it is-- From my knowledge, the meaning of family represents on how we are raised. Not everyone is raised the same way. Some of us are raised in a traditional household with a set of parents and white picket fences while the others may be raised in a lowly income home. Not to mention, the current divcore rate is very high so it would not be surprising if many of us have divcored parents. I, myself, have a set of divcored parents. Anyway, the point is that we grow and get to be shaped into the people we become one day by what we are taught and have seen through the errors and accomplishments the people around us made. From the way I was raised, I grew up with a lot of people through high school. It did not matter that I was being bullied, what mattered was that they made me into a person I am now. Back then, we were like a small community who shared a very strong bond with our hertiage and still are. So while growing up, they were a second family to me. We called each other by our first names, mostly, anyway. We also learned a lot about each other when either of us did not feel that we were crossing the line. There were too much silly fights to recall. What I'm basically saying is that a true family has nothing with blood relatives in my experience. It has nothing with a set of parents- one mother and one father and to add, white picket fences. It has nothing with how much money we have. It has nothing with the products we own. I will say that a true family contains true love. Nothing ever could break the spell of true love. They will love you for who you are and cheer when you accomplish something. They will be there to comfort you whenever you are having blues. No matter what happens, they will always have a place in your heart. You also will always have a place in their hearts.