There are days on our calendars that celebrate both mothers and fathers, but none to celebrate Aunts or Uncles, yet the positive influence or impact just one good aunt or uncle, willing and able to take the time, can have on a nephew or niece could never be overstated and should never be overlooked. We loved our aunts and uncles when we were little because in many cases we were the focus of their attention when we were around just them, but what we never realized until we became much older and quite often not until after they had passed on is that they were the people in our lives who filled in the cracks and gaps in our social DNA which invariably whether done intentionally or accidentally was often the glue that made us whole. Those special aunts and uncles that had the time and took the time to play an active role in our lives when we were young were the people who filled those voids constantly being left by other members of our family. Those unique people in our lives who were, in a very real sense, our social autocorrect between smothering, overprotective, busy, neglectful, overbearing, abusive, or borderline abusive parents and doting, often far too yielding grandparents or great grandparents trying to make up for their children’s or grandchildren’s flaws, excesses, or complete failings as parents. Our social dynamic is in a constant state of change, so the design of a family changes with each square added to our quilt. Some squares added to our quilt will bring more beauty while others will add nothing, but a patch of ugliness. We must realize that it is incumbent on all of us to ensure that our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren see more of the beauty than ugliness, especially within the confines of our own quilt. What we must also accept is that some aunts and uncles can be the most unique and beautiful patches in our quilt because they made a choice to play a more active role in the lives of their nieces and nephews and in many cases their doing so has made or will make more of an impact on a child than they may ever know. I wish to thank all those aunts and uncles who made a choice to be that unique and beautiful patch on their nephews and nieces quilt. Those aunts and uncles, like a few of mine and like my granddaughter Kitara’s Aunt Crystal who took or take the time to play a larger role in their nieces and nephews lives because you do make a difference.