7/31/02
Houston, TX
(notes collected following Hartford, CT visit with Sam and Evan)

The true core of family
Beyond the resemblance everyone sees
The connection that you feel and that others walk around
Not always easy, part blood and part learned
Both parts of the paragraph that describes the relationship
Between brothers and sisters, parents and children

How can the distance be so great when the bond is so strong?
Life pulls individuals and pushes others
Each on a path that has only one set of footprints
From beginning to end
And on the days when there are many
Let us celebrate being together
And when we are alone
Can we remember what it is like
When our hand is held?