The family that dear octopus from

The family – that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.  ~Dodie SmithPIH

Having a place to go is

Having a place to go – is a home.  Having someone to love – is a family.  Having both – is a blessing.  ~Donna Hedges

Our most basic instinct is not for

Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family.  Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.  ~Paul PearshallPIH

Family a social unit where the father

Family:  A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space.  ~Evan EsarPIH

Call it a clan call network tribe

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.  ~Jane HowardPIH

What greater thing is there for human

What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.  ~George EliotPIH

If the family were a fruit it

If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable – each segment distinct.  ~Letty Cottin PogrebinPIH

The family we were a strange little

The family.  We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.  ~Erma BombeckPIH

The great gift of family life is

The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you.  ~Kendall Hailey, The Day I Became an Autodidact