Even as we gathered for my uncle's funeral, to laugh is ever present in my family. How I love them. Several of us were out front of the funeral home, doing what we do best, which is to laugh, tell jokes and enjoy each other... My cousin and his wife had flown in from Florida. He's telling us how she's old, and getting this Alzheimer's. (far from it, still young at 40-something and stunning) BUT...he's letting her plan her own surprise birthday party for next month. She'll plan it, forget about it and be surprised. Works perfect...she buys her own Christmas gifts, then forgets what she got herself. Surprised when she opens it. Just what she wanted! And my cousin, he gets the credit for it. That struck me as funny. And I needed the laugh. I'll say this about my family : We're as close knit as we can be. Many of us live here, within a few miles of each other. Others, states away. But just a phone call, or a text. I would be so lost without my family. Our family reunion can go three days, easy. My wife's family...just the complete opposite. We went to her uncle's funeral a while back...her family actually had name-tags to wear. When you signed the guestbook, you also wrote out a name tag. That was funny. Even funnier, it was one of those bigger funeral homes with two-three funeral viewings at once. And her older aunts were going from funeral to funeral, comparing flowers and such. My wife's family...not exactly close. Spook...from a BIG family. * I don't know how to edit a title...meant to be "A whole family like me."