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“…we get to choose who we let into our weird little worlds.” - Robin Williams, from Good Will Hunting
 
Dear Foundation Friends,
 
Ruby is a force. She is 5 foot 5, which always surprises people because I’m tall. She runs the house, cares for family and friends, and rarely stops moving, but when she does it is to sit in her favorite chair with a good book and a dog on her lap.  Her super power is gardening; she creates art in the out of doors.   
 
My height comes from Frank. His voice is deep and resonant, and his laugh is large. He knows a few things about miniature railroads. Music is part of his DNA, it flows from him naturally whether he is sitting at an organ or holding an accordion.  He gives the best direct advice right at the moment you need to hear it.
 
I know how fortunate I am to have parents that are alive, healthy, supportive, and independent. They were there for me when I was young and I recognize that not everyone has, or had, this kind of steady foundation. Some families are not the people you were born with. Sometimes you choose your family, or they choose you.
 
My family usually gathers for holidays, but not this year. I am missing them deeply. Visiting them would be my first choice, but I am beyond grateful for their presence in my life.
 
I have been taking notice of what I’m grateful for, valuing small wins in a day or savoring any moment that makes me smile. I am grateful for you and this community. We look out for each other, and that makes us family. I am grateful for our nonprofit partners who provide food, supplies, and services to those in need.
 
I’d like to know what you’re celebrating. What makes your day right now? Share a family recipe that you are going to try on your own or a moment of joy. Email me and let me know.
 
Here’s to the people that you call family. I send my wishes to you for a meal where care and gratitude are at your table next week. In our new virtual world, I hope you can see faces that are dear to you.
 
Happy Thanksgiving,


Laurie Andrews
President, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole

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