Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Home, Circa 2005

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Home, Circa 2005

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Family: . . . two or more persons who share resources, share responsibility for decisions, share values and goals, and have commitment to one another over time . . . AHEA, 1975

Home: Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.

Robert Frost, 1915

Recent events have caused me to ponder anew two favorite quotations. As I write this column in mid-September, the floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina are receding. As a nation, we remember the horror of 9/11, and war continues to rage in the Middle East. Individuals, families and communities-the focus of our professional practice-face challenges unprecedented in our recent history. Consider:

* The Moore family of Roswell, Georgia, like hundreds of others, offered to open its home to a family displaced by Katrina. Myron Celestine accepted the offer, bringing his household of eight adults and three children with him. And the 11 basketball players he coached at his New Orleans church. And two of their girlfriends. Meals were prepared and enjoyed in shifts. Doing laundry was an ongoing diversion. Black and White, old and young, a new family and a new home were created. Two or more persons who share resources . . . .

* An estimated 6,000 children remain separated by the flood from their families, scattered over 34 states. Perhaps a million people have left their homes, the U.S.' largest exodus due to a single event since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. . . . when you have to go there, they have to take you in. …

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