Family. Семья. Familia. 家庭. משפחה. Oικογένεια. عائلة

Global Day of Parents
Did you know this? It’s very recent, appearing on the UN calendar only in 2012. Essentially, this day is about family.

The family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children and that children, for the full and harmonious development of their personality, should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding. (From the UN Resolution)

Perhaps, the family like this one:

This Indian man lives with his 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren. The whole family occupies a 100 room four-story building. This is a picture of the whole family – 181 persons.

This Indian man lives with his 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren. The whole family occupies a 100 room four-story building. This is a picture of the whole family – 181 persons.

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Rafal Olbinski

To me, this poster from the collection of Rafal Olbinski illustrates the quintessence of family and parenthood.

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And, to commemorate this day, a collage of quotes about family and parenthood.

Robert Frost

Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in.
(~Robert Frost, The Death of the Hired Man)

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Mark Twain

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
(~Mark Twain)
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Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, writers Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov never had tea together.  Alexander Pushkin died in 1837, when Leo Tolstoy was about 9 year old. But the watercolor is excellent.

Alexander Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov

Alexander Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov had no children, but he meant it when he said, “I promise to be an excellent husband, but give me a wife who, like the moon, will not appear every day in my sky.”  Olga Knipper, his wife, an actress of ill-moods, high spirits and volatile temper, was no answer to his prayers.

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,”  Leo Tolstoy  famously said, in Anna Karenina.

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Remember

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And a few cute pictures of animal families:

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9 comments on “Family. Семья. Familia. 家庭. משפחה. Oικογένεια. عائلة

  1. This new “holiday” has purely symbolic meaning, given hundred millions of chronically malnourishe children (http://www.wfp.org/hunger/stats).
    Interestingly, a single annual bonus for wall-street speculators (30-40 billions) could provide enough nutrition for all of them over their entire development period (0-15 years).
    Also, the Indian “breeding machine” is a disgusting symbol of our overcrowded, overexploited world of disparities.

  2. That painting by Rafal Olbinski of the nurturing birds plucking from their own bodies to weave the nest for their offspring is powerful. Wow!

    Some surrealism is just off-beat for the sake of itself – introducing complexity to an image and, in so doing, confounding the viewer’s understanding. But brilliant surrealists, like Olbinski, use their talent & technique to reduce the complexity of our lives, to shift our view in order that we may better see.

    Our first instinct is to ask, “what does it mean?”, and as our brain works it out we not only come to understand the meaning of this artist’s specific work, but something far more profound – the relationship of a parent to its child.

    Like poetry in the hands of a talented poet. Brilliant!

    Thanks for sharing.

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