I am grateful to have parents who love and support me, who always made sure I knew that I was important and that they were proud of me. I am grateful to have siblings who were instrumental in my escape from an abusive relationship and constant sources of love and laughter. I am grateful to have friends who know me for who I am, who have given me hope and strength, who laugh at my stupid jokes. I am grateful to have children who are smart, beautiful, funny, amazing, talented, and kind, who make me proud every day. The men and women in my life are all wonderful people, imperfect as they are, and I would not be who I am or where I am without them. And even though my ex-wife is a very sick woman who has no idea the harm she is doing to her children by alienating them from me, I am grateful to her for bringing those children into the world.

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