There was a big family gathering on my girlfriend's side yesterday to celebrate the 1st birthday of her nephew, Alexander. Often I become a wallflower at these events, but this time I decided to make a stronger effort to meet and talk with people. As I mingled, I started to realize how many members of her family I had gotten to know over the past few years. I felt more a part of the group then I ever had before. It's hard to get to know people you have little in common with - I'm glad I made the effort.