A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.~Ogden Nash
Ogden Nash was basically a humorist, but such quote made a lot of sense. To interpretit, it must mean that the family is a model which, physical manifestations would include thepresence of a man one calls father, a woman one calls mother, and of course those sons anddaughters running about to get their tasks done as they, undeliberately, grow older. A sleepingdog or a cat basking on the sunlight at the patio would constitute to the occasional animal hewas talking about. And as for the common cold, generally, this would mean a highly contagious,self-limiting disease brought about by different strains of viruses with symptoms of sore throat,runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing and coughing.So how did common cold get to associate itself with the family? One would say, itscommunicability is the primary factor, yes. Looking beyond the natural scope of things, thepredetermined communicability of the common cold lies on the word, common, not as of theordinary, but as of the shared. Usually, in a family, if one child is coming down with a cold,surely, a sibling will follow, especially if such come from a depressed family devoid of theadvantages of nutrients to keep their immune system on the pink of health. Perhaps Nash wasonly trying to imbibe to us the power of family, that even diseases are shared. A loving family isworth all the riches in the world, for they will always be there for you, no matter what happens.Ergo, no poor family is too poor if they have a family deeply rooted in love and compassion for each other.On a more serious note, In Article 15: The Family, of the 1987 CONSTITUTION OF THEREPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES: “
The State recognizes the Filipino family as the foundationof the nation. Accordingly, it shall strengthen its solidarity and actively promote its total development.
This reinforces the value of the family in community health nursing, as it playsmediator between the first and third type of clientele, the individual and the society.