immediate family

Blood makes you related, loyalty makes you family.

Heart Strings
I know there’s no such thing as a perfect family—mine sure as hell isn’t. I’m the middle child in a family of three. According to my mom, I used to be a wicked momma's girl and had to be with her all ...
Zay Moore5 days ago
On a Different Planet
When I think back on my childhood, I feel too many emotions to name. I was born into a very small, fragile family; a family that was passing down generations of hurt and confusion, PERIOD. Why? I don’...
Monique Star8 days ago
The Risk of Feigning Normality
You are at dinner with your family, silently taking pride in your current ability to pretend you’ve grown up. You are silently eating your food, while taking in some of the conversations going on between relatives apart from the moments you are addressed. Eventually, your brother brings up instances where you’d erupt in vexation, if the thread you were gripping on were to break. Everyone else at the table laughs and tries to pull you into the sea of sniggering, as you witness your brother take p...
Anna Lucia9 days ago
How I Recognized that Narcissism Shaped My Adult Self and Who I Am…
There are some unique symptoms that fit a child of a narcissist. For me personally, whenever I read about the characteristics that an adult child develops over their lifetime, they almost always fit m...
Kayla Tripletta month ago
Get to Know Me (My Crazy Life) Pt. 1
" When you go in search of honey, you must expect to be stung by bees." -Joseph Joubert
Jenn Melon3 months ago
Managing in Negative 20 Degree Weather
On January 30, 2019 , Chicago’s weather greatly decreased to a low of -21 degrees. All schools were cancelled for that Wednesday. Oddly enough, it did not snow much that day, though there was snow on ...
Krystal Rowden3 months ago
The Unforgettable Disease
We all have memories from our childhood—some we aren't as fond of as others. I can remember when I was three-years-old. I was a very active maybe some would call overactive. My father had a good job t...
Emily Hean4 months ago
I Love Family Game Night
We never really had family game night when I was younger. Yes, we played the odd game, but it wasn't a full-family occasion. My family has always been close, and with my siblings and I getting older, ...
Vega Burks4 months ago
I Am That Girl
The older I become, the more I realize I am so much of THAT girl still. The girl from a small town, the girl who comes from money (though it was not always that way), the girl that dresses like an ali...
Nathonia Smith4 months ago
Never Mind the Name, What About DNA?
It’s a fact that children are born into either a single family or two parent home. Unfortunately, some children, born to single parents, never get a chance to meet their noncustodial parent because he...
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Nabeel Arif4 months ago
Where Are You From?
I’ve wanted to write this piece for a while now. I’ve just struggled to find the words. As a matter of fact, I don’t really know what I’m going to write. Or for that matter, where this is going. I jus...
Keyley Anon5 months ago
Why Didn't You Love Me?
We come into this world unable to fend for our own self, we naturally rely on our parent or guardian. Assuming they will be our forever protector. Not often do we think that our protector is the one w...
Deltora J5 months ago
A Personal Hero Story
We take many things granted in life, whether it is material, personal, or emotional. We realize their true value when they are absent from us. Unfortunately, family can fall under this category. But h...
niamh yehezkel5 months ago
Number 22
Number 22, my home for the past 18 years, the home which I love so much. The home which is always filled with music, for as long as I can remember. Mum forcing my brothers and I to do our violin pract...
Heather Nanes5 months ago
A Family
Family, you would think that they always have your back and help you each step of the way. But that’s where you need to look at in different angles, I’m gonna tell you a story of my own. A story about...
Lilly Tairi5 months ago
When Holding on Hurts More Than Letting Go
I saw something awhile back. I can't recall if it was a meme, a post or one of those click bait articles that the internet is flooded with. Either way, I saw it and it was about how holding onto certa...
Meghan Laprarie6 months ago
Tips for Having Boundaries
Feeling frustrated over navigating the relationships within your family? Its hard accepting that nothing you do or say will ever change... Here's a glimpse at how it felt for me I can't rewrite the pa...
Joseph Shidek6 months ago
I Can’t Bare to Look
The McKenzie River flowed to the North of my childhood home. Past several farmer’s fields and a narrow strip of trees and brush that each year would ebb and flow as the river carved out its path from ...