For many people, there are few constants in their life. Jobs, cars, pets, friends, homes — what do all of these things have in common? They come and go. Now, many will argue that friends do not come and go and for many who are blessed to have loyal friends, I agree completely. But throughout life as you grow into adulthood, get married, have kids — the only constant you can always rely upon is your family. I am fortunate that my parents are still married after 32+ years and are stronger than ever. It’s amazing how much they care and love their kids (me and my bigger bro). My brother lives in Sacramento and is married with 3 kids. Me in LA with 2, and they’re always venturing out of the Central Valley either to Northern CA or to Southern CA nearly every weekend. I feel like I take it for granted now, because they make it so easy for us to see them. We rarely go home, not because we don’t love them or don’t want to, but because we’re “busy” with our lives here. But the day will come when they won’t be here in LA every other weekend. Age takes its toll on all of us, and I hope that I won’t always take it for granted. Family is everything — family is first. Take care of your blood.