I love this poem and it suits many family occasions and celebrations!

A Family

(Anonymous)

 A family is a place To cry, and laugh and vent frustrations

To ask for help, to tease and yell

To be touched and hugged and smiled at.

A family is people who care when you are sad

Who love you no matter what

Who share your triumphs and don’t expect you to be perfect

Just growing with honesty in your own direction.

A family is a circle where we learn to like ourselves

Where we learn to make good decisions

Where we learn to think before we do

Where we learn patience and table manners

And respect for other people

A family is a place where we share ideas

Where we listen and are listened to –

Where we learn the rules of life to prepare us for the world.

The world is a place where anything can happen

And if we grow up in a loving family – We are ready for the world.