I would say that my family is middle class. We go on a few vacations here and there, but never anything too extravagant. We have struggled with money at times, but never anything too serious. My brother has had to have heart surgery a few times, so that definitely took a toll. I would say that we have always been comfortable, not wealthy, but not poor. I am very fortunate to have the resources and opportunities that I have. When people in my family graduate from high school, it is expected that they will go to college. My grandparents married young and did not go to college, but all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins have attended or are currently attending a college.
My family has a lot of traditions. We always open our Christmas presents on Christmas Eve (which a lot of people think is weird). My dad always opened presents on Christmas Eve when he was growing up, so that’s what we do. We also always spend the Fourth of July at our lakehouse with all our extended family. During March Madness, my whole family makes brackets and sits on the couch all day watching basketball. One of the newer traditions in my family is that my dad always makes a huge, nice dinner the day before we leave to go back to college.
My family has always been very open about their emotions. My mom would tell us that we could tell her anything. Because of this, I view communication as key to any relationship. It’s important that you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings with other people, and that they feel comfortable sharing theirs with you.