Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

The White Family at Wing and a Prayer Farm

Well I’m glad that Webster’s can define “family.”   I’m not so sure I could so tidily contain the definition, given that almost every living thing that passes through our hallowed halls becomes our family.  No matter if you are furry, feathered or fair-skinned, we have a pattern of adoption here.  So for this week’s photo challenge, there were an endless supply of ways to depict the meaning of “Family”, but instead I decided to go with Sarah Jane’s version in the above illustration.

I was curious, though, and here is what Merriam-Webster has to say, with my comments:


1:   a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head (Alright, in our home this is sort of laughable as it is very much NOT under one head, but more like 5 heads and the pets that seem to weigh in on every little thing.)

2 a : a group of persons of common ancestry : clan(I like this!  My husband’s ancestry is Scottish and they truly were of a clan.  My side, however,  ranges from Portuguese stowaways to Russian Revolution Pogrom-refugees.)

b : a people or group of peoples regarded as deriving from a common stock : race(Like the turkeys that go in the pot after they’ve been roasted?  Oh, no!  Wrong kind of stock…sorry.)

a : a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation : fellowship(Ahhh, don’t let Charlotte see this or she’ll start in on the LOTR associations!)
b : the staff of a high official (as the President)(What?  Since when do we call that a “family?”  Isn’t that called a racket?)
4: a group of things related by common characteristics: as
a : a closely related series of elements or chemical compounds(having limited knowledge about this, the only thing I can conjure up is a fact-family.)
b : a group of soils with similar chemical and physical properties (as texture, pH, and mineral content) that comprise a category ranking above the series and below the subgroup in soil classification(soil families?  I learn something new everyday!)
c : a group of related languages descended from a single ancestral language(We’re not talking about the made-up language that the White’s speak to each other, right?  It is a little more advanced than that?)
a : the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children; also : any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family(Awww!)
b : spouse and children(Awwww!  When they’re loving…but not when they’re bickering because that makes me sad…:-(  )
a : a group of related plants or animals forming a category ranking above a genus and below an order and usually comprising several to many genera
b in livestock breeding
(1) : the descendants or line of a particular individual especially of some outstanding female
(2) : an identifiable strain within a breed
(Around here, this is all quite obvious.)
a set of curves or surfaces whose equations differ only in parameters(I am sadly in need of tutoring regarding this family, but I do find it intriguing.  The good news is that I have looked it up and have thrown it onto my bucket list to understand before I kick….)
: a unit of a crime syndicate (as the Mafia) operating within a geographical area (and sadly, this is something that has made its way into the Merriam-Webster Dictionary under the definition of “Family?”  I think we don’t need to qualify units of crime syndicates, do we?  And also, “duh!”)

4 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

    • I agree – it certainly gets you thinking beyond the obvious when presented with the weekly photo challenge!

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