Family like branches of a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. Eventhough Alexander's family had been through alot, and lived away from one another, they would always remmember each other. The good and the bad days, momories that made them smile or cry. Each one of us can relate to this passage because we all have family of some sort. Family is not about whom blood you have, it is about who you care about. Alexander who is Calum's younger brother drives each weekend all the way to Toronto just for the sake of seeing him brother. By doing that Alexander proves to his brother the real meaning of family, showing him that he is not alone.
Family is very much an essential part of society today. Without mothers and fathers socializing their values and culture into their children, then social life would break down. But in daily life you encounter people you know have not had a good support system in their lives for exampes Alexander and his brothers and sister. Strong relationships are important to all people, and although strong relationships can and should develop with people older and younger than us. In reality fact is that we need to have strong bonds to make us who we are. Despite the fact that Alexander's parents died at a young age Alexander and his brothers and sister's still made it through.
Family is important because no matter what happens, we should be able to have someone who will accept us for who we are despite what we are going through in our lives. Family is about trust someone we can trust, it is about loyalty. It is someone we can go to if things aren't going the way we may have expected. Family is meant to be a permanent part of our lives, just at different levels at different times of our lives. Lets hope that one day family does not become just another lost definition in our world today.