304/365 – people to thank who have had an impact on me. I realized today why I have so many friends and acquaintances – I get it from my momma! 😉 As a child, I saw female friend after female friend and couple friends in our home. I had so many aunties (pronounced ‘unty’) I felt like an octopus as it was hug after hug after hug. I remember Shoti Aunty, Abbotsford Aunty, Gurdev Kaur, Pritam, Karen’s mom, Baljit…the list goes on and on and this is not including immediate and extended aunts!! I didn’t wonder why she had so many friends – it was just the norm for me and how I grew up and I think that my mom’s affinity towards people just rubbed off on me. I enjoy the company of an eclectic crew of people and am energized when I am with people just like my mother. I am supposing that my mom needed friends in her life as my dad wasn’t in the picture for most of my younger years and these friends got her through the hard times and I am thankful for that part but also for the kindness they showed towards my sister and myself. Growing up, I have seen the aunties at various functions and once they realize who I am, those hugs are back!! 🙂 The love and affection I am shown is indescribable and it takes me back to happy moments in the house – sadly, some of them have started passing away which is inevitable. Although my childhood was fraught with a lot of adversity, I am so glad that I remember much more of the positivity thanks in great part to these gratitude posts. To all my aunties, I am so glad you were part of my mom’s life and in turn a part of mine as unbeknownst to you, you played a part in making the man I am. Love you all!