Discovering your familyDo you really know your family?
Strange question, isn't it? If you put this question to a friend, you will surely get an instant reaction of astonishment and the reply, "Dumbo! Of course I know who my family members are!" Take a pause, though, and just think. You know who they are, but how well do you really know them? Sure, you live with them. You interact with them. However, do you really know them in the sense of knowing them in-depth? Perhaps you are aware of their general hobbies, what colours they like, which particular food they hate. Otherwise, though?
One way of discovering something unique about a family member is through somebody else. Often enough, it is some acquaintance who will tell you about a good characteristic of which you had no idea. For example, somebody will say how a sibling stood up for his colleague who was being bullied when you thought that your sibling was somebody really meek and not the gutsy type to speak up.
There is another way, too, to discovering your family. A better way, in fact. By switching off technology and tuning into bonds. We are so immersed in plugging into all things electronic that we seem to be spending less and less time with our own folk. We have this urge to constantly check our smartphone even at meal times. We have this urge to switch on the television and mindlessly surf channels, with no real desire to watch any specific program. Why not have a designated hour each day to just tune out of technology? Everyone in the family could switch off their computers, smartphones, video games. Put all gadgets on a table, off. Just sit around and talk about your day.
You will likely find that not only is it good to just unload about the challenges you faced that day, but will discover a whole new aspect of your family. You will discover the sense of humor you never knew your mother had; you will realize that your kid is interested in sports while you always thought he was only into reading books...just converse and find out. Discover your family in the real sense of the term - through really close family bonding. Just spare one hour each day.
[This is an entry for the TOW topic-based contest]