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The True Meaning of Family
“When I was little I lived with my birth father, after my mom left us. He was really abusing and an alcoholic, my life with him was really horrible. I thought the abuse was my fault and as I got older I ended up self harming. When I was thirteen I got taken into care after my school found out what was going on. Long story short, I got adopted by this wonderful gay man who I do consider to be my dad. We hit it off right away and we've been the best of buddies since then. My dad's always been brilliant and supportive and more loving than either of my straight, biological parents. I love my dad as a whole person, gay, redhead, RHCP[Red Hot Chili Peppers] fanatic and all of that. He's easily the best person ever to come into my life,” writes Danni Stratus in an article for the Experience Project. Danni’s gay father and her may not have been related by blood, but Danni’s dad loved her more than either of her birth parents did. He supported her and he was always there for her. Danni’s story is an example that shows even if you are not related by blood, you can still be family and love one another. The book The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, uses the relationships between Shug and Celie, Sofia and Squeak, and Nettie and Corrine’s family to prove that being family doesn’t mean one is related by blood, but that being family means one is accepted and supported by people who love them.
One relationship that demonstrates that “family” does not need to be blood related is the relationship between Celie and Shug. Throughout the book, Celie and Shug develop an intimate relationship. When Shug and Celie first meet, Shug’s first words that come out of her mouth was “you sure is ugly” to Celie. Despite this, they learn more about each other and they grow closer to one another. Celie opens up to Shug and Shug finds out the true nature of Mr.___ and Celie’s marriage. Because of this, Shug grows closer to Celie in this part of the book....