When my parents used to tell my sister and me the story of how they met, it always sounded like a fairy tale: two strangers, arranged on a blind date, who immediately connected and fell helplessly in love in the blink of an eye. Living together by six months, engaged in the year, and married a year after that—it all sounded too good to be true.

              

We were shielded from the harsh realities of the broken hearts, dysfunctional childhoods, and financial difficulties that surrounded each of my parents’ pasts and would continue to influence the way in which they raised us. Instead, all we saw was a strong, united, and happy couple who created a family based on the foundation of quality time, not following their parents’ footsteps, and a promise to love and be there for their family “no matter what.”

The following is an account of how and what the Klein family came to be. It is a testimony to the powers of sacrifice, communication, love, equality, compassion, and understanding. I am so grateful for my parents, their eternal love, and the family they have built. I hope this site can be a small token of my gratitude. As the great Natalie Merchant once said,

“I want to thank you for so many gifts you gave with love and tenderness–I want to thank you. I want to thank you for your generosity the love and the honesty that you gave me. I want to thank you, show my gratitude, my love and my respect for you–I want to thank you.”

Thanks Mommy and Daddy–for everything. I love you to the moon and back.