The notion of “ family ” was foreign to me as a child. Not until I took an Anchorage Community College class in Sociology did I understand that family is the “building block of society.” I remember being struck by that notion when I first heard it. The circumstance of my childhood determined my understanding of family as: “Some people got it and some people don’t.”
Managing Editor Kaleigh Wotring asked for a column on families for this edition of the ECHO. I usually write on history, not on social issues, genealogy, or marriage counseling. But I do have a family that now consists of a wife and 29 offspring and off-spouses covering four generations. And I am very proud of each and every one of them. They are loving and loved and lead good lives. They are witty and intelligent. But, they are individuals and have opinions of their own. Thankfully, they also have tact and avoid arguing their opposing views—at least in the presence of Mema, my bride.