Introduction: My name is Brier Marie Fox and I am from Council Grove, Kansas. I am a junior at Kansas State University, majoring in Elementary Education with an emphasis in English and minoring in English with an emphasis in writing. My deep culture exploration will answer questions about me, my family, and the ways in which I grew up.
How does my family identify ethnically or racially? White
Where am I from? I was born in raised in Council Grove, Kansas, a small rural community
My family's story in America: My great-grandmother on my mother's side was the first to come to America, from France. My father's side has some Scottish and German descent, however, the earliest known family members in America are my great-great-great-grandparents.
How I was trained to respond to emotional displays: Crying: I was taught that it is okay to cry, and sometimes you just need to. I was encouraged to talk about my feelings with my family. Anger: My mom always told me that when she was angry with me, she wasn't trying to hurt my feelings, but trying to teach me a lesson. I usually dealt with anger by spending some time alone, and then to compromise. happiness: I was always encouraged to express my happiness and to pass it on to others. I was told to give out a smile and a compliment every day.
Interacting With Authority Figures: To me, authority figures were assumed to be adults, teachers, and elders. I was expected to listen to them, do what they say, to treat them with kindness and respect, to use my manners around them, and to know that they usually are there to help you.
Calling Adults By Their First Name: In the community that I grew up in, I knew and had family connections with a lot of people. Usually elders and teachers and doctors I called by their title (Ms., Mrs., Mr., Dr.) My parents did stress that it is important to acknowledge a person's name when you are speaking with them. I can remember getting talked to when seeing my teacher and he said, "Hi, Brier," and I responded with, "Hi" instead of "Hi, Mr. England."
What Got Me Shunned: Back-talking, lying, not doing chores, not helping out
What I was Praised For: Good behavior, hard work, achievements in activities/sports, good grades, honesty
Family Relationship with Time: In my family, time is definitely a precious thing, especially after experiencing the loss of several loved ones. Family time and spending time with those you love is very valuable. In my family, we also understand that sometimes we have to spend time apart to devote to jobs and careers, in order to support our family.