Family is everything. It defines you - the heart of your spirit, the heritage of your smile, not only the colour of your eyes, but how they see the world.
You are bound by kinship. You add your own link to the chain, and that is where you strengthen or weaken what you have been blessed - or burdened - with.
That is where you use the indefinable quality that belongs to only you, the bit of uniqueness you pass on to your children for good or bad,
the part of you that will always be separate from those who share your name, your blood and your past.'
Deborah Smith from her book 'Blue Willow'