My son, when he was 4 years old, began to show great interest in the English word ‘family’ after he had watched the public-interest advertisement of ‘family’ on CCTV. Recently, he has asked me to teach him how to write on his word-pad, and the first English word he wants to learn is ‘family’ because he likes it very much.
Actually, there are a lot of stories about the origin of the English word ‘family’, and one of them goes like this: long, long ago, people should say ‘father and mother, I love you’ to deliver their appreciation to their parents when they got up every morning, and later they created a new word ‘family’ instead of ‘father and mother I love you’ by connecting the first letters of these six words. Another story says that family is from the Latin word ‘familia’ , which means ‘family, household’ and originally ‘slaves of the household.’
‘Family’, in my opinion, could also be understood as ‘female and male interdependently live yearly’. ‘F’ means ‘female’ , ‘A’ is for ‘and’, ‘M’ symbolizes ‘male’, ‘L’ stands for ‘interdependently’, ‘L’ is the short form of ‘live’, and ‘y’ could be known as ‘yearly’.