My family is a beautiful patchwork of people. We are unique in all aspects. We have embraced differences both large and small. We are not perfect but we are family. The jokes at the holidays revolve around “tolerating” family. I don’t understand it. Of course I am not looking at it through an in-laws eyes or someone who has an estranged relationship. I look at my family knowing our idiosyncrasies, our quirks, our humor and all the history. I love my quilt of a family. At Thanksgiving I can truly say I am thankful for my loved ones. I was able to communicate with some of my family through technology. With some of my family, I was able to actually enjoy a meal, sharing stories, laughing, and catching up on the events of our year. I was blessed with one of the best Thanksgivings I can remember. At the closing of the day I would like to express my deep gratitude for all the gifts of my life. Thank you!