Family looks like…

Families in America come in all shapes, sizes and kinds and all with their own beliefs, values and traditions. Explore stories about family from across the country.

Family looks like quinquennial travels to home countries in the summertime. It looks like embracing your aunts and uncles in a house you no longer remember. It looks like late-night lounging, sleepovers, and early morning breakfasts with cousins. Family always looks the same to me, even...
Family looks like cousins never leaving one another behind when searching for the afkioman on Passover. Each year my grandfather would hide one afikoman around the house. The whole bunch of us would search for it together until it was found. Instead of the finder being...
Family looks like the chosen few that love me for who I am. As a transgender man that grew up in Alabama, there were certain expectations for how I was supposed to express myself. I had to dress and act a certain way based entirely on...
Family looks like a time when I was a 50 yr old child. Tell that to my mom. The day before Thanksgiving, my mom, dad, 5 siblings, and a soccer team of their kids, invaded my 2 bedroom home with enough luggage to scare the...
Family looks like ... my mother told a story of when she was 4 years old in 1933 and visiting Grandma and Grandpa Allen in Grand River Iowa. She was in the kitchen with Grandma who was standing at the kitchen sink. They'd been baking cookies...
Family looks like people taking care of each other. Its members have a shared history, or are starting a shared story. It is people who are connected to people who are connected to other people. We live near an oil refinery, and after 9/11, it was...