Chapter 1. Exploring Family

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Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.

—Anthony Brandt

Family. The word conjures up more emotions than any other six letters could otherwise. For some, the earliest thoughts of family revolve around home, of hazy memories draped in nostalgia, and of knowing what it meant to belong. Needs were simpler, and as time shut doors, eras were lost.

For others, the earliest memories of family might evoke a complex array of emotions—of patterns to break and of dynamics to escape. The actual experience of what family was may have provided some incredible incentives to change the meaning of the word.

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