And when I say family, I want to note that not everyone at brunch meets the strict definition of family. We are joined each year by people who have BECOME family. I am lucky enough to have many families: I have my SHSU family, my ALAN family, my YALSA family, and so many others. For this I am grateful (and my gratitude posting will be on November 30). When you gather today with your "family," think about how blessed you are. I know I will. And I will be unable to COUNT my blessings, they are that abundant. I know I miss some of them when they pass by, too. Only later will I stop in my tracks and reflect on a moment that sped past but was wonderful. The pat on the back, the smile in a meeting, the doe grazing by the side of the road. I give thanks for those moments, too. Like A S King, I send love to the passengers.
Love to all of you today and always.