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Introduction to Families

BY ARLENE F. HARDER, MA, MFT

It always helps to remember that families are like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts.

As introduction to some of the categories on this site, I have chosen quotations I think you may like. I could have given you dozens more about families, but I like these particular ones because they resonate with the experience I’ve had in my family.


"I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich."
—Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford,
"Identity Crisis," M*A*S*H
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"The thing about family disasters is that you never have to wait long before the next one puts the previous one into perspective."
—Robert Brault
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"The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together."
—Erma Bombeck
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"Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others. Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, a pleasantness beneath the unpleasantness, based on the tacit understanding that this is not for keeps; that any limb you climb out on will still be there later for you to climb back."
—Mignon McLaughlin,
The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

I hope you will expand your understanding of families by reading articles in the navigation bar on the left.

© 2012 Arlene F Harder, MA, MFT

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