Earlier today, my niece got married. She and Enoch exchanged vows in front of their families and friends. Enoch’s father performed their ceremony. It had to be a special place as a father to preside over the marriage of you first born son. And my sister and her husband, gave away their second child, little Miss Becky. At the reception, there was a slide show of these two young people from infancy to the point when they linked their lives. They are both from large families and I was excited that my family tree may have a rebirth. Seventeen years ago, I married into a large Irish Catholic family. My in-laws gather and congregate . The can come together and fold in even the most wayward member of the family. When two family trees combine, they form hybrids. They “cross pollinate” and new, heartier varieties form. Root systems get stronger. I am excited and anticipate the new shoots, the new branches, the new blooms.