Saw this quote and was reminded of how thankful I am for Evan, who is with me (and happy to be with me!) no matter how poorly I feel, how much weight I gain, or how frustrated I get. And for Karen, who is the kind of friend who washes feet and cleans up post-surgery puke. And for all my other loyal friends I’ve built a larger family out of.

What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed in there, regardless. It wasn’t just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. We had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, and the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers. None of them perfect, and we couldn’t expect them to be. You can’t make any one person your world. The trick was to take what each could give you and build your world from it.

-Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key