Doris Goodwin.

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The Making of Family

A Family is almost like a recipe. It requires different ingredients to make it work, and if you leave out some ingredients it just isn't going to be the same unless you have them all. Over time families have taken on different roles. From century to century, families start to differ in the way their life is ran and the importance of each family member. For instance, a family that is brought up in the fifties are going to have some similarities of course to a family in the seventies, but that family will grow from looking back on earlier families. There is a span of only about 20 years but both of their lives differ greatly. Of course there are always similarities in families, but it's interesting to point out what makes each family work and what doesn't. What makes one family work well together, while another one struggles?

By examining two families from two different time periods gives us an idea of exactly how much families change over time.

Doris Goodwin writes a memoir of her life growing up in the 50s, while Conrad Jarrett tells his story during the 70s. It's important to notice how these two differ and are similar, and also to see what makes one family work and not another.

Doris Goodwin is a six year old in the 1950s, and lives with her parents and two sisters. Doris is the youngest of the three and loves baseball. Her father has taught her everything she knows about baseball. Every night they have a routine that when her father gets home after supper they go over the baseball game that day in Doris' score book.

Doris isn't very close to her sisters because they are much older than her. Her sisters...